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CAAS Director Sharmila Rudrappa’s article in The Conversation

Fri, October 27, 2017
CAAS Director Sharmila Rudrappa’s article in The Conversation
india outlawed commercial surrogacy

CAAS Director Sharmila Rudrappa’s article in The Conversation

India outlawed commercial surrogacy – clinics are finding loopholes

The high cost of surrogacy in the U.S. has pushed many potential parents to seek cheaper options elsewhere. Countries like India and Thailand have attracted surrogacy clients from countries like the U.S., Britain, Australia and Israel. The global surrogacy trade, however, has been fraught with scandals.

In India, where I’ve studied surrogacy since 2008, the government is rethinking regulations. Gay couples were banned from using commercial surrogacy in 2012. In March 2017, the Indian government extended the commercial ban to everyone. Now, only so-called “altruistic surrogacy” is allowed – when a consenting female family member bears a child for a childless heterosexual Indian couple without pay.

But what impact are bans on commercial surrogacy having for women who work in the reproductive industry?

Read more here

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