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SURROG-INDIA Result In Brief

Project ID: 301789
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: France

India's surrogacy boom and its influence on infertile couples in Europe

Indian surrogates are becoming increasingly popular with intended parents in Europe. An EU initiative is looking into the reasons and implications of choosing India for cross-border fertility care.
India's surrogacy boom and its influence on infertile couples in Europe
India is a much sought-after destination for surrogacy, a reproductive technology that raises various medical, legal, ethical, religious and political issues worldwide. Studies on fertility or reproductive tourism, and by extension commercial surrogacy in India, are few. To tackle surrogacy issues and spark an informed debate over concerns, it is important first to understand surrogacy in terms of supply and demand.

With this in mind, the EU-funded SURROG-INDIA (Micro-realities of surrogacy in India) project is examining surrogacy in India by gathering data on key actors such as physicians, lawyers, associations, agencies, intended parents and surrogates. A main aim is to gain insight into the medical organisation and the legal and political framework of surrogacy. Another important objective is to determine the key characteristics of intended parents and surrogates, and to understand their motivations for choosing surrogacy and how this influences their socioeconomic circumstances.

SURROG-INDIA focuses on the social, economic, demographic, medical and cultural issues and experiences at play for surrogacy stakeholders, and the role of third parties such as agencies, media and clinics.

The first two years were mainly spent collecting data from field studies and interviews in India. A bibliography has been produced with 200 references to date. In all, 32 assisted reproductive technologies and surrogacy experts and/or professionals, 8 intended parents, and 33 surrogates from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai have been interviewed. Data was also collected on Indian surrogates from other field studies and from two agency websites targeting intended parents from India and around the world. Data analysis is currently underway.

Three classes on reproductive health and gender were held in Mumbai. In addition, the project team organised two workshops on gender and new reproductive technologies at global conferences and an international seminar on assisted reproductive technologies in distinct countries.

SURROG-INDIA is shedding light on the various impacts and issues concerning surrogacy, and India's booming surrogacy sector in particular. This will also help explain why European couples seek out fertility clinics in India.

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Keywords

India, surrogacy, surrogates, intended parents, fertility
Record Number: 175044 / Last updated on: 2016-01-28
Domain: Biology, Medicine