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Discounted LifeThe Price of Global Surrogacy in India$
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Sharmila Rudrappa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874521

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874521.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Markets in Life

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Discounted Life
Author(s):

Sharmila Rudrappa

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479874521.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents a newspaper article about transferring surrogated babies born in India to the United Kingdom. It described Indian surrogate mothers as miserable women who would probably be shunned by their husbands and communities. Such a narrative has been the norm of Indian surrogacy stories, which demonstrate four themes: the wealthy Westerners seeking basement bargain prices for surrogacy, the designer babies made out of top-notch eggs from “beautiful” white women, the clients' comeuppance as they begin to negotiate shifty infertility businesses, and the desperately impoverished, oppressed, and uneducated Indian women who are somehow duped into vending their reproductive services in global intimate industries.

Keywords:   surrogated babies, Indian surrogate mothers, Indian surrogacy, designer babies, reproductive services, Indian women

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