ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Outsourcing Reproduction

Sourcing Surrogates: Actors, Agencies and Networks by V Deepa, Mohan Rao, Rama Baru, Ramila Bisht, N Sarojini and Susan Fairly Murray (New Delhi: Zubaan Publishing Services), 2013; pp 98, price not mentioned.

The transnational nature of the commercial gestational surrogacy arrangement has become a source of contentious academic debates. The practice of incubating an artificially fertilised foetus in exchange of compensation by Indian women, seeking monetary help, has been attacked and lauded in equal measure. However, the nature of the practice and the way it operates has got limited attention from academics working on commercial surrogacy in India.

At a time when the case of the Thai surrogate Pattaramon Chanbua (who allegedly kept one of the two children she gave birth to for an Australian couple on the charge that the latter abandoned the baby because he had Down’s Syndrome) is receiving widespread attention, it is imperative that we engage with the Indian commercial surrogacy “industry”. What converts this practice into an industry?

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