The Cheapest Womb: India’s Surrogate Mothers

Not only does international surrogacy invoke arguments against commodification of female reproductive organs implicated in any surrogate arrangement, the vast economic gaps between the contracting parties raise questions about the assumption that the women are indeed “choosing” to rent out their wombs. While international feminist and human rights organizations have been questioning the freedom of women’s choices in the global south when it comes to practices such as clitoridectomy and polygamy they seem unwilling to do in these instances where economic needs presents similar limits to agency. The silence is alarming in light of the fact that over half of those contracting surrogacy in India are from the United States.