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J Med Ethics 38:742-745 doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100551
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    • Reproductive ethics

Ethical concerns for maternal surrogacy and reproductive tourism

  1. Amanda van Beinum3
  1. 1Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raywat Deonandan, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Thompson Hall THN-039, 35 University Pvt, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 7K4;ray{at}deonandan.com
  • Received 6 February 2012
  • Revised 28 August 2012
  • Accepted 12 September 2012
  • Published Online First 9 October 2012

Abstract

Reproductive medical tourism is by some accounts a multibillion dollar industry globally. The seeking by clients in high income nations of surrogate mothers in low income nations, particularly India, presents a set of largely unexamined ethical challenges. In this paper, eight such challenges are elucidated to spur discussion and eventual policy development towards protecting the rights and health of vulnerable women of the Global South.

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