Hello, Can I Have Your Baby For You?

If you’re not up to reproducing (or, in the case of same-sex couples, if you can’t): Fear not. You can – for the low, low price of $25,000 – buy a child that was born from a surrogate mother through a clinic in India that will take care of all your birthing needs. And this price includes everything including two round-trip tickets – once to fertilize and then, nine months later, for pick-up.

“People are increasingly exposed to the idea of surrogacy in India; Oprah Winfrey talked about it on her show,” said Dr. Kaushal Kadam at the Rotunda clinic in Mumbai. Just an hour earlier she had created an embryo for Mr. Gher and his partner [an Israeli couple] with sperm from one of them (they would not say which) and an egg removed from a donor just minutes before in another part of the clinic. [link]

This is a free-market solution to a problem caused by excessive regulations in the Western markets. And it would certainly make Malthus proud. Don’t get me wrong, I heartily support it – any flow of capital to my home-country is (in most cases) a good thing.

Now, if only we could let free markets solve the problem of poverty, starvation, and gross overpopulation… Any modest proposals out there?

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2 comments for “Hello, Can I Have Your Baby For You?

  1. Edward
    March 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Doesn’t this just contribute to the problem of overpopulation? Shouldn’t couples who want children but cannot conceive adopt them from overpopulated areas? (unless you’re Madonna)

  2. Arnav
    March 11, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Ideally, yes. But there is an additional marginal cost to adoption – plenty of red tape to go through. Governments will not let go of their kids that easy.

    Another way to look at it is if Indian women are exporting their babies, they can’t be contributing to overpopulation in India. And lowered population growth in India can’t be bad.

    In any event, I don’t have any data on this, but I don’t think that this is happening enough to have a significant effect on the world population.

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