Surrogacy and Social Movements in India: Towards a Collective Conversation

Vrinda Marwah and Sarojini Nadimpally

This article is part of the edited volume titled Cross-Cultural Comparisons on Surrogacy and Egg Donation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives From India, Germany and Israel, edited by Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz and Tulsi Patel, and published by Springer Verlag, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham in 2018.


This chapter is part of Sama’s attempt to advance more clarity and nuance on the vexed question of commercial surrogacy in India. It reflects thematically on interviews with activists and experts from key social movements in India on which surrogacy have a bearing. It problematises the themes of commercialisation, draws parallels with sex work, and child rights and provides a bioethical and public health perspective on the ethical and regulatory issues of surrogacy. The chapter concludes with a call to bring new perspectives and movements into conversation and collaboration so as to respond to the challenges posed by surrogacy.

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