Babies for Sale?: Transnational Surrogacy, Human Rights and the Politics of Reproduction (Paperback)

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By Miranda Davies (Editor)
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Transnational surrogacy parenthood is on the rise. For example, in the United States, the practice has been legalized in several states, while in India state sponsored “medical tourism” has established nearly three thousand surrogacy clinics. Globalization, new reproductive technologies, and rising infertility rates are combining to produce a quiet revolution in social ethics and the nature of parenting. Whereas much of the current scholarship has confined itself to the legal implications of this phenomenon and has largely focused on only a few countries, this groundbreaking anthology offers a much wider perspective.

Babies for Sale features contributions by activists and scholars from a range of countries and disciplines in order to offer the first genuinely international study of transnational surrogacy. Rooted in feminist perspectives, many of the essays give voice to those most affected by the global surrogacy chain, namely the surrogate mothers, donors, prospective parents, and the children themselves. Through case studies ranging from Israel to Mexico, the book outlines the forces that are driving the growth of transnational surrogacy, as well as its implications for feminism, human rights, motherhood, and masculinity.

Contributors include:
Wendy Chavkin, Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics, University of Columbia
Diane Beeson, Professor Emerita of Sociology, California State University and Associate Director, Alliance for Human Biotechnology 
Marsha Tyson Darling, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Centre for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, Adelphi University 
Ayesha Chatterjee, Programme Manager, Our Bodies Ourselves Global Initiative
Sally Whelan, Co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves
Emma Maniere, Programme Assistant, Gynuity Health Projects, NYC
Laura Swerdlow, planned parenthood advocate, Oregon
France Winddance Twine, Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara 

About the Author

Miranda Davies is a writer and editor with a longstanding interest in gender, development, and human rights. She has worked for numerous organizations, including Isis International Women’s Network, the Central America Committee for Human Rights, Virago, Channel Four, the Rough Guides, Sort Of Books and CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy, where she is Managing Editor of Adoption & Fostering. This is her fourth international anthology for Zed Books. She lives in London.

Praise For…

“Transcending the usual rhetoric of reproductive choice and free markets, these authors provide reasoned argument and survey evidence from around the globe, questioning whether surrogacy really represents a ‘win-win’ situation for all parties.”
— Donna Dickenson, University of London

“A ground-breaking book, where the voices of activists and those of researchers come together to address one of the most important, and complex, phenomena of our time: the transnational market in baby-making.”
— Yasmine Ergas, Columbia University

“Miranda Davies has brought together a number of eminent authors and produced an outstanding collection. By combining academic approaches, empirical evidence, and real-life stories, this book adds an entirely new dimension to the debate on the ethics of cross-border commercial surrogacy.”

— Katarina Trimmings, University of Aberdeen

“These original, informed, and critical analyses of transnational surrogacy make a vital intervention in impassioned debates. Chapters by leading international scholars and activists address ethical issues, feminist perspectives and the implications for children. They deserve to be widely read.”

— Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, University of London

“The essays express concern for the safety and livelihood of surrogates, egg providers, and children; several argue for reform, regulation, and international cooperation, and others for an outright ban on surrogacy and reproductive tourism. . . . Highly recommended.”
— Choice

“The collection lays out detailed considerations that should be taken into account, through legal regulation, in any surrogacy arrangement, regardless of a country’s position. . . . Whether this will be done, and if so, how rapidly, will depend on the energy brought. . . . Davies’s anthology is an invaluable contribution to galvanizing that energy.”
— Jane Cottingham, Reproductive Health Matters

“Tackles the booming business in cross-border surrogacy with a provocative collection of international feminist perspectives. It challenges us to think harder about the elephant-in-the-room question: Can commercial transnational surrogacy ever be ethical? This volume makes an important contribution to the debate.”
— Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Centre for Genetics and Society, Berkeley, California

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783607013
ISBN-10: 1783607017
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2017
Pages: 280
Language: English