Palattiyil, G., Blyth, Eric, Sidhva, D. and Balakrishnan, G. (2010) Globalization and cross-border reproductive services: Ethical implications of surrogacy in India for social work. International Social Work, 53 (5). pp. 686-700. ISSN 0020-8728

Surrogacy in the context of cross-border care has hitherto received little attention from the international social work community. In India, the provision of surrogacy services for foreign couples may be seen as part of the country’s wider health tourism industry. This article overviews current evidence on surrogacy in India, and discusses the extent to which proposed legislation, the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill and Rules 2009, satisfactorily addresses social workers’ concerns to ensure adequate protection of the interests of young Indian women engaged in surrogacy, as outlined in the International Federation of Social Workers’ policy on cross-border reproductive care.

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