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Given the high costs of fertility treatment in the U.S, many couples are opting to travel outside the country to find cheaper ways of achieving their family-building goals. One such option is referred to as surrogacy tourism, whereby many Americans are finding success and happiness by using a surrogate overseas.
In recent years, technological advancements in travel, medicine, and reproductive technology have played a large part in expanding the surrogacy industry. There are experienced, well-educated doctors practicing third party reproduction outside the U.S – in places like Mexico, India, and El Salvador – and they are using modern technologies and techniques. But, the most important reason for this development is the high cost of health care in the U.S. and the lack of insurance coverage for fertility patients. Many couples don’t have any other option but to seek cheaper treatment abroad.
Surrogacy in India
In the U.S., surrogacy costs range from $75,000 to $100,000 or more. However, using a surrogate in India, for example, costs approximately $25,000. (There are even less expensive surrogacy options available in other countries but many are not recommended as they may compromise the quality of medical care given to the carrier.) In addition to being less expensive, the process in India has fewer legal constraints than in several other countries, and is guided by the Indian Council of Medical Research. This government organization has set national guidelines to regulate the industry. India’s laws allow the carrier to terminate her rights to the baby immediately after delivery.
Surrogates in India are motivated by the financial rewards of being a carrier, but also by their desire to help people who cannot get pregnant on their own. Culturally, it is an accepted practice in many communities.
While surrogacy overseas is a viable option, it might not be the right choice for everyone. It is imperative to do thorough research and confirm the reputation and history of clinics and agencies in other countries. Many places outside the U.S. do not have the stringent regulations that help ensure safety and good standards of medical practice. So be sure to get recommendations, ask questions, and seek an attorney experienced in third party reproduction before taking such a step.