Womb Outsourcing Threatens International Adoption
I guess it was only a matter of time before a simple straightforward technological solution was found to eliminate the abuses in international adoption. Today’s New York Times highlights the Rent-a-Womb outsourcing movement in India.
An enterprise known as reproductive outsourcing is a new but rapidly expanding business in India. Clinics that provide surrogate mothers for foreigners say they have recently been inundated with requests from the United States and Europe, as word spreads of India’s mix of skilled medical professionals, relatively liberal laws and low prices.
Surrogacy is an area fraught with ethical and legal uncertainties. Critics argue that the ease with which relatively rich foreigners are able to “rent” the wombs of poor Indians creates the potential for exploitation. Although the government is actively promoting India as a medical tourism destination, what some see as an exchange of money for babies has made many here uncomfortable.
“An exchange of money for babies.” I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, rejoice or reject, or just shelve all this adoption blather and move on. I’ll leave with one thought while I sort all this out – another great quote from the NYT story:
Even some of those involved in the business of organizing surrogates want greater regulation. “There must be protection for the surrogates,” Mr. Rupak said.
“Inevitably, people are going to smell the money, and unscrupulous
operators will get into the game. I don’t trust the industry to police
Hey, “smell the money” and “unscrupulous operators” rings a familiar bell. Maybe the orphanages can reinvent themselves as surrogate birthing centers. Why not cut out the middle man and go straight for the womb. Perhaps there’s hope for international adoption after all.