Surrogacy Film: You Can Hire The Womb of These Woman
- IWB Post
- June 22, 2015
When we hear the word ‘surrogacy’, images of poor, illiterate women forced by their husbands to bear a surrogate child for westerners comes into the mind.
Dentsu Mama Lab has produced a short film on surrogacy in India with a different point of view. This team has created their first campaign to make people understand the different sides of motherhood. The focus of the movie is to throw some light on the ‘surrogacy industry’ in India.
The film features the story a of pregnant Rajasthani woman who is surrogating child for a Japanese couple. After giving birth to the child, the woman handovers the baby to new parents without any show down of emotions. Instead, she calls her home to inquire about her own daughter. The lack of emotions shown in the film is one of the sides of the ‘Motherhood’, which is much more deeper than what it seems – A woman carries a child for nine months in her womb. Immediately after delivering she is supposed to forget everything about it.
Unfortunately or fortunately, surrogacy has become an easy way out for some poor families in order to earn quick money. But think of these women’s health once, isn’t it dangerous? The very thought of getting pregnant every year that results in weak body is disturbing. What kind of sacrifice is it?
According to the statistics presented by WHO, in 2013, 289 000 women died from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. In addition, for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each year.
The first Indian surrogate baby was delivered on June 23, 1994. Lately, it has become a booming industry in India. When it comes to talking about Surrogacy, how can we forget about the famous Anand village of Gujarat. Anand is considered as the global surrogacy capital.
According to the Indian law, “Commercial surrogacy has been legal in India since 2002.”
What shocked me the most on reading the surrogacy bill was its gloomy features:
> According to the bill, Surrogate mother do not have any independent say in medical treatment process, nor have right to decide to abort the child in case of medical complications. In case of married surrogate mother, consent of husband is compulsory.
> No provision talks about compensation in case of death of surrogate mother during the pregnancy or while giving birth to child in case of surrogacy.
> In case of miscarriage, nothing is written in the bill, do surrogate mother will be compensated.
What more? Due to insemination of many sperms at one time, she may conceive multiple babies. Whatever the case is, she always has to carry on with the high-risk pregnancy. If she miscarries at any point, she is paid nothing. One fine day, if everything will go fine, she will be cut open and will never see the child of her own womb again!