It's a tie - between CBS and their banal "Surrogacy in India exploits impoverished Indian women as filthy rich Westerners take advantage to save a few bucks rather than do surrogacy in USA because everyone can afford superior surrogacy in superior USA - which, BTW, has Western medicine - while Indian surrogates are separated from their families and everyone lives in dormitories, which is just a terrible place to live, and don't name the clinic with the surrogate who died, pass that off as SCI or Dr Patel and cut the footage to ignore half the statements made by both doctors about how they care so much for surrogates and ignore the surrogate interviews organised by SCI (and probably Dr Patel) where happy women explain they are not dragged kicking and screaming into a surrogacy agreement and are actually proud of helping we cursed infertiles". Same old same old, not even slightly original rehashed garbage ... can't.wait.for.the.next.in.stal.ment.
and Jezebel's "You cheap rich bastards and your Brave New World"
In addition to IT and customer service, Americans are now cutting costs by outsourcing their pregnancies to India, giving a whole new meaning to the term "cheap labor." (which is, of course, the same as outsourcing by a multi-national corporation to boost the bottom line and having to go out of the country for surrogacy it being one's only financial option).
India is home to a booming, multi-million dollar, unregulated surrogacy industry, in which couples can hire an Indian woman to carry their child via in vitro fertilization—using the either the couple's own sperm and egg or donor sperm and egg—for less than a quarter of what it costs to for the same services in the U.S.
The town of Anand is considered the "hub" of India's surrogacy business. One clinic there—run by Dr. Nayana Patel, who has helped deliver babies for over 200 American couples—requires surrogates to live in a hostel for their entire pregnancy so they can be monitored.
Dr. Patel's facility was was profiled by CBS (not adding the link it doesn't deserve promotion) shows small, crowded rooms packed with rows of single bed-sized cots, some of them holding two pregnant women at a time, (two pregnant women sitting on a single bed does not equate to surrogates not being given their own bed) while hallways are lined with women eating their meals on the floor (it is common in many cultures to sometimes eat on the floor but Ms Western-centric writer has probably never stepped foot outside of a Western country). They are cut off from their families for the duration of their stay (did I not see a child with his mother?)
Of the $25,000 price tag that Americans pay for a pregnancy, only $8000 goes to the surrogate for her 40 weeks on the job (only: because it all goes on the lavish lifestyles of the doctors not on things like Gonal F and anesthetic and liquid nitrogen and a plethora of other consumables that cost the same in India as in Western countries which tend to make the Western medicine they sell to Indian doctors at Western prices - not to mention payments to medical staff like nurses and embryologists and ultrasonologists and OBGYNs and fetal medicine specialists plus accommodation and family medical care and caretakers, and admin staff, and drivers ... and the rest of the hundred plus person team who are gainfully employed thanks to surrogacy)
But it beats the $30 a month that one woman at the clinic was making as a housekeeper. It does, and it beats working a 15 hour shift in a factory assembling the iPad upon which the writer most likely uses to tap out her judgements.
So we are basically now living in a dystopian future in which the ruling class is farming people in an impoverished environment. This is The Handmaid's Tale come to life.
And there it is - linking surrogacy to The Handmade's tale. How incredibly original, as original as seeing the word bellicose in the same sentence as Kim Jong Doughboy
I recoil at those who try make a link between the dehumanisation of women in The Handmade's Tale with surrogacy as I do with those who connect prostitution and surrogacy. In the former women's rights are annihilated, in the latter pregnancy and childbirth are just way too close to S.E.X. for the comfort of the unwashed masses ... because they both involve women - and both involve money - and both involve vaginas they therefore must be the same.
That said, it does seem to be advantageous for everyone involved. A couple can get (I did get a baby I did) a baby for relatively (relative to a rumpy pump at the right time of the month?) cheap, while the surrogate will earn a relatively significant amount of money—enough to change her life or that of her own children.
For what it's worth, one couple interviewed by CBS were at least aware that they might be contributing to the exploitation of a group of women, many of whom are illiterate (can't speak English but mostly quite literate in Hindi, and therefore MUST be forced into surrogacy because non-English speaking women have no mind to make a decision about what they do with their own bodies ...)
We kind of struggle with a lot of these kind of issues ourselves, kind of thinking are we taking advantage? (because you read shit stories in shit media to guilt you out) Because obviously, we did it here because of financial reasons. (Because we're so stinking wealthy as are all parents through Indian surrogacy who never borrow money or take out enormous loans or extend the mortgage and will just finish paying off their kids and it will be time to pay for college)
and the shit goes on ... the shit goes on ...