India’s government intends to stop the once-sanctioned commercial surrogacy they introduced because the poor, illiterate women with high fertility rates are being exploited in the country. The $2.3 (£1.5) billion industry creates about 5,000 surrogate babies from locals who wish to use the service to foreigner couples whose females have very weak wombs.
As a growing hub, India’s government sanctioned commercial surrogacy making sure their surrogate mothers are safe, allowing medical technology to enter the country.
Should the industry stop, the US is the next state to allow surrogacy. However, because of strict regulation and advanced equipment, the service is more expensive.
For and Against
While India’s government openly opposes commercial surrogacy, Epping resident Rekha Patel, who had used India’s surrogates to bear her daughter, started an online petition against the ban.
“There might be a general opinion among people who don’t really know what’s involved that rich westerners go over and drag poor Indian women off the street to carry their child for nine months,” she says.
“And that’s just not the case at all. This was our last chance to have a family of our own and we took it and there are thousands of families like ours. But if it’s taken away it would be a real tragedy because we were really desperate when we went, really desperate.”