Photo from BBC News
BBC News reported that "childless Asian couples from Britain are increasingly travelling to India to pay women to act as surrogate mothers for them".
India has no law on surrogacy. It is therefore very convenient for those barren couples who have the money to fix up an appointment. How is it done? Easy. A donor egg is fertilized by the biological father. Or donor sperm is used to fertilize the egg of the biological mother. Then the embryo is implanted into a surrogate mother until the baby is born. Wallah! Problem solved!
The report also stated that:
"The costs are substantially less than they would spend in developed countries like the USA and the UK. There is no paper work involved, the couples don't have to go through any lawyers, it's a clean issue, and there is no litigation."
I wonder how the couple register the baby's birth and bring him/her back to their country?
A new term has evolved: "Reproductive Tourism". The town of Anand in the western state of Gujarat is at the forefront of India's booming trade in reproductive tourism. That surrogacy has become so popular in the town is due largely to the success of the Akanksha clinic run by Dr Nayna Patel.
This inadvertently leads to the questions of ethics, moral considerations and religious interpretations.
This is what Dr Patel has to say:
"I always used to tell them, people who are criticising or ridiculing them. I would say are they doing anything wrong? Are they murdering someone? No. Are they doing a robbery? No. Are they doing some immoral act? No. Then what are they doing? They are doing a good act by giving a baby to someone."
What is your opinion?