It makes good business sense to outsource operations. It cuts down on costs, delivers lower prices to consumers, and brings job opportunities to poorer countries. So why not also outsource pregnancy? India, already known as an outsourcing base, is also the growing center for surrogate pregnancy. India is hardly restricted through legislation, as there are no laws that govern surrogacy. No part of the fertility industry is regulated, although the Indian Medical Council does issue nonbinding guidelines for involved parties.
Since 2002, commercial surrogacy has been legal in India. The only laws that India currently has in place concerning women and their infants address maternity leave and breastfeeding. There is proposed legislation to help regulate surrogate pregnancy, but the government has been slow to act. Already, outsourcing surrogate pregnancy, or “reproductive tourism” has become a booming business of over 445 million dollars a year. [More]