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Controversy surrounding the use of poor women in India to act as surrogates for wealthy Westerners

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  1. GemmaRowlands says

    I think that the world of surrogacy needs a lot more restriction with regards to what is legal and what isn’t, because at the moment there are far too many things that could go wrong along the way. This should not be allowed to happen because, although you may think that the women having the babies are grateful for the money, they still need to understand just how hard it must be to give up the child that you have carried for so long – not to mention all of the health risks that come with pregnancy and childbirth.

    • Julez Fitzmond says

      I had a friend who was a surrogate and the rules are odd – you can’t accept payment but you can accept gifts? So in theory most women will get paid for it anyway. But I believe there should be a price to pay. I assume they would get maternity leave so would not be out of pocket (especially as they wouldn’t need as much time away from work after the birth) but there should be a set (and reasonable) amount to pay for what is essentially a service.

      • Dawn Kells says

        Yes, people will always get around the “no fee” rule. Unfortunately, those who have children for rich couples may well get large gifts, and others may struggle through their pregnancy without very much help at all. Regulation would help, and I do think that these women should be paid officially, because they’re doing something amazing for a struggling couple!

  2. I suppose you can say that this was something waiting to happen, with birth rates declining in many rich countries due to more and more women having careers. Poverty is something I have witnessed first hand and so I can see why this will be most appealing for many of these women, for whom this will be the opportunity of a lifetime. Yes it should be regulated to ensure that the women are looked after well and to make it harder for unscrupulous operators to take advantage of them. Having said that, I do believe that if these women choose to act as surrogates then that choice should be respected and there should not be a ban just because some people in the West find it morally wrong that poor women are being used in that way.

    • I imagine the chance to earn what could be a life changing amount of money for people in poverty seems like something that they couldn’t turn down. And, in a way, I think it might be a good decision for those who choose to take it, because these chances might not come along often. But I don’t think there should be a ban, just new rules to make sure that the women are treated properly not just during the process but also afterwards as well.

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