Baby Bloom

India Today - - MAIL -

It is ev­i­dent from your cover story that poverty is a curse as no sur­ro­gate is from an af­flu­ent fam­ily (“The Baby Fac­tory”, Septem­ber 2). Is it not an in­ex­pe­di­ent ex­ploita­tion of poverty? In the present sce­nario, since there is no law or pre­de­fined set of rules, the prac­tice of sur­ro­gacy might de­gen­er­ate into a du­bi­ous mar­ket, in which the un­scrupu­lous mid­dle­men will mis­ap­pro­pri­ate the ma­jor por­tion of the money and the poor will re­main poor, re­ceiv­ing only a small amount of the to­tal money charged. There­fore, the Govern­ment should look into the is­sue and en­sure that ad­e­quate money is paid to the sur­ro­gates. INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi Dr Nayana Pa­tel’s ef­forts in turn­ing Gu­jarat’s Anand dis­trict into a sur­ro­gacy hub are laud­able. It is a ra­di­ant il­lus­tra­tion of the finest med­i­cal ser­vices avail­able in a state that boasts of ac­com­plish­ments in al­most all fields. Sur­ro­gacy is a win- win so­lu­tion— for par­ents who can’t have chil­dren as well as poverty- stricken women who al­le­vi­ate their eco­nomic sta­tus by be­com­ing sur­ro­gates. Re­li­gious lead­ers, or­tho­dox ele­ments, dis­ap­prov­ing fam­ily mem­bers and ac­quain­tances of sur­ro­gates should im­bibe some sense and see the pro­ce­dure for what it ac­tu­ally is, a gift. NEEHARIKA S., Al­la­habad In­dia can have a national sur­ro­gacy cen­tre which can pro­vide chil­dren to cou­ples with preg­nancy prob­lems while re­strict­ing mass pro­duc­tion of chil­dren. The cen­tre can also look af­ter sur­ro­gate women, raise their so­cio- eco­nomic pro­file, at­tend to their health is­sues, diet and pro­vide emo­tional sup­port. Mean­while, we need bet­ter sur­ro­gacy laws so that nei­ther the tech­nique nor the women who are opt­ing to be sur­ro­gates are ex­ploited and, thus, its com­mer­cial as­pect is con­tained. SAN­JIV GUPTA, Perth, Aus­tralia

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