This morning, while I was commuting to work, HBO re-aired the documentary Google Baby. Luckily, I remembered and DVR'd it to watch later, but a recent interview with the director of the film, Zippi Brand Frank, on Yahoo! gave a glimpse of what I can expect. And I'm not sure yet how I'm going to feel about it. The documentary is all about outsourcing surrogacy to India, just like we do everything else.
Surrogate mothers in this country get paid on average $20,000 to upward of $100,000 in some situations in America. Parents desperate for a child of their own only have to pay an Indian mother several thousand dollars to carry their child.
You can see why hiring an Indian surrogate mother has become so popular and why Frank made the film. While she told the interviewer that she tried to keep her judgements to herself during the making of the production, she told Yahoo!:
With no existing legal barriers to overcome and lots of money to be made, the human reproduction industry is steaming ahead. A cold and distant business reality guided only by the principles of the free market dealing with the most sensitive of issues. I tried through Google Baby to provide a glimpse of what I believe is likely to become a major concern for humanity in the future.
On the positive side, for many Indian women the opportunity to act as a surrogate gives them enough money to buy a home and send their children to college, things they would never be able to afford otherwise in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Also included in the film are interviews with American women who donate eggs to "support their lifestyle." Seems like a must-see for anyone considering surrogacy.
Did you see the documentary? Is outsourcing surrogacy to India strictly a money-making opportunity or does this process only help two families on opposite sides of the world?