Selected news stories from the international press relating to Asian (In)Fertilities:
Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim come together in India to create child via surrogacy - Daily Star
(7 May 2009)
British couples are flocking to India for surrogate mums to have their children.
A lack of “wombs for hire” and huge costs in the UK have seen a surge of wannabe parents turning abroad. Childless partners can have an egg fertilised in a test tube and implanted in a surrogate for a cut-price £15,000. Clinics in cities across India have helped hundreds of UK couples in the last year. Bobby and Nikki Bains, of Ilford, Essex, spent 13 years and £125,000 trying unsuccessfully for a baby. Sikh Bobby used an egg from a Hindu woman and the womb of a Muslim surrogate to finally have the baby they dreamed of, nine-month old Daisy. He said: “She is a Little Miss India. It took a Sikh, a Hindu and a Muslim to bring her into the world. “There are hundreds of clinics doing this in India. A clinic in Gujarat has 50 pregnancies.” The couple are so happy with the results they have set up a website to help footsteps by undergoing treatment in Bangalore, Mumbai or Delhi. Fertility specialist Dr Gautam Allapadia said: “Costs are substantially less than in developed countries. It’s a clean issue.” But couples could face a legal battle to bring a child home, because Indian law sees the mother as the woman who gave birth.