COMMERCIALISED IN SOUTH AFRICA?
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