Why Surrogacy in India is not a cold commercial transaction
There was an Article in the Daily Mail UK on surrogacy again. According to Dr. Sekhar who is the IVF and Surrogacy program director at the Kiran Infertility Centre, “it seems to me that the Daily mail has special vested interest in Indian Surrogacy. It also seems the Journalist has not done a detailed study but seems to have based his article on numerous other articles written on similar lines by vested foreign journalists who are running a sponsored campaign to belittle the work being done by the Indian Doctors and Surrogate mothers.” According to Dr. Sekhar “By saying that India has reduced surrogacy to a cold commercial transaction, the Daily mail is doing a great disservice to the Indian Doctors, their staff, the infertile patients, their babies and the hundreds of surrogate mothers who offer their wombs to carry a baby for 4 lac rupees. An amount which they will probably never earn in their lifetime. The Journalist is also not aware that the Govt. of India is allowing only married Heterosexual couples to have babies through surrogacy in INDIA since the beginning of this year which is another reason to believe it is a paid story to discredit the pioneering work being done by Indian Doctors and the ART industry”. “The journalist advocates adoption as a alternative, well he wouldn’t if he had applied for adopting a child in one of the numerous adoption centers in INDIA. One has to wait for at least 2 to 5 years to adopt a baby subject to the numerous illogical checks and balances in the adoption law”. According to Dr. Samit Sekhar by using word like “cheap”, he shows that Some Indians have not gotten over deriding their own people in front of the entire world”. American clinics perform the most number of IVF/Surrogacy cases worldwide yet one never hears a story like this about the American Surrogacy clinics and Agencies. What Indian ART clinics and Doctors offers is unique and nothing short of a miracle and what the Surrogate’s offer is an absolutely selfless act of Altruism and no article or journalist can take this away from them. About the Author: Dr. Samit Sekhar IVF and Surrogacy Program Director. Kiran Infertility Centre, Hyderabad. INDIA.