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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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Fetuses as Persons, Surrogate Mothers as Nonpersons

Fetuses as Persons, Surrogate Mothers as Nonpersons

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Discounted Life

Sharmila Rudrappa

NYU Press

This chapter shows how intended parents partake in the surrogate mothers' pregnancies, and how by doing so, the surrogate mothers “disappear” and become a nonpersons, while the fetuses are treated as real persons. Much of this process of making and unmaking persons are facilitated by the client parents' vigorous pursuit of commodification processes—acts that enable fetuses to become real and vibrant social actors—as well as the surrogate mothers hard work to alienate themselves from the babies. The chapter argues that commodification and love are not antagonistic but rather complementary—with parental love abetting commodification processes, and commodification itself fostering familial emotional ties.

Keywords:   intended parents, surrogate mothers, fetus, persons, commodification processes, familial ties

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