India

Moms for Rent

Humiliating practice for women or a way to fight decreasing fertility?

Some months ago, more than 2,300 experts from all over the world signed an International Declaration for pushing the institutions of all Countries to forbid the civil registration by non-biological parents of children born through surrogacy. Subsequently, the European Parliament passed a resolution stating this practice as humiliating for the women. Since then the debate has been fueled by contrasting positions. One of the most authorative doctor – Italy’s Umberto Veronesi and his foundation – declared that ‘infertility is increasing and it’s important to think ahead. Christians should not be scandalized because even the Bible tells of surrogate mothers like Abraham’s slave Hagar, who gave birth to Ishmael on behalf of his elderly wife’.
This represents the very idea of Indian gynecologist Nayna Patel, who created the Akanksha Infertility Clinic (dubbed the Greatest Wish Clinic). Only 15 countries in the world allow the implantation of embryos in a volunteer woman, but most of them do not accept that this practice would be done for money. India instead allows it, and this is why recently several couples have started coming to Anand from all over the world in order to have a child they cannot get in the traditional way. Many people accuse Dr. Nayna Patel of having created an outrageous exploitation of the female body and having turned children into merchandise. But she has a prompt and resolute answer:
‘We set women free from poverty, while giving other women the opportunity to experience the joy of being a mother. Human beings were created for two main reasons, survival and procreation. And to those who mention ethical-religious issues, I remind the example of Krishna, whose mother gave him in custody to the wife of a shepherd. The first God born from a rental mother’.

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