I don't think Arieff meant anything bad by doing all this--she even seems to have done a lot of things just to try to do it as well as possible. But I also don't think her eyes are totally open as to the fact that this is something that was not risk-free work to her surrogate, and that her surrogate was being presented with this huge amount of money to do something that could seriously damage her health--but with no other possible way for her to make that kind of money.
Wow. Really? I don't get that but then I have never really wanted children.
I don't really get it either. Why do people feel as if entitlement to have children should be some default state?
India might not be a fertility powerhouse for long either. I think it's 90% of fertility issues that are caused by PCOS, which is considered a "disease of affluence" associated with modernization of food. India is quickly catching up to the US in rates of this disease.
There is no evidence that I can find that 99% of women of childbearing age are fertile, particularly in this day and age, when PCOS rates have climbed to 35% in some populations.
I don't have a problem with surrogacy with informed consent, but I think it's just really hard to get informed consent from an impoverished person in a remote village in a developing nation. Maybe not impossible, but it doesn't sound like the author's head was really in a place to even be thinking about that.
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