COM­MER­CIALISED IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT: LOCAL -

In In­dia, com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy is not il le­gal and sur­ro­gate moth­ers can earn a small in­come from car­ry­ing other cou­ple’s ba­bies.

“You have agen­cies in In­dia that will kind of bro­ker a deal, if you call it that, and will find them [the com­mis­sion­ing par­ents] a sur­ro­gate mom through the clinic and then put the for­eign cou­ple in touch with the lo­cal sur­ro­gate moms,” says Fried­man.

Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of sur­ro­gacy, post the Chil­dren’s Act, is a con­tro­ver­sial topic in South Africa, with the Sur­ro­gacy Ad­vi­sory Group mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to the Cen­tre for Child Law that sur­ro­gate moth­ers be fairly com­pen­sated above just the out-of-pocket ex­penses and loss of in­come.

“Al­though the in­ten­tion of the law is to pro­tect sur­ro­gates against ex­ploita­tion, one could ar­gue that by not com­pen­sat­ing them

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