Offshoring Pregnancy to India

Commercial surrogacy -- that's bearing a child for money -- is illegal in the United Kingdom. That's why many British women are hiring surrogates in India to bear their children:

It is estimated that 2,000 births to surrogate mothers took place in the country last year, with most experts agreeing that Britain is the biggest single source of people who want to become parents in this way. Britain may account for as many as 1,000 births last year in India. In contrast there were 100 surrogate births recorded in Britain last year. [...]

* Doctors who spoke to this newspaper told of British women who have babies through surrogates to avoid being pregnant and childbirth, raising fears of a “wombs to rent” culture;

* Women in India are being paid up to £6,000 to donate eggs and carry babies, something British women are banned from doing;

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: johnny.hunter

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