Commodifying Bodies: An Overview of the Bioethical Implications of Transnational Commercial Surrogacy

  • Anureet Lotay University of Manitoba


Commercial surrogacy is a challenging contemporary issue that raises various concerns because it commodifies the female body in a new way. It is now becoming increasingly common for couples from the Global North to seek out gestational surrogates in the Global South. These transnational commercial surrogacy arrangements raise questions about the surrogatesââ¬â¢ rights to bodily integrity, as well as patient rights and health policy, immigration and citizenship, race, power, gender, consent, and agency (Pande, 2010; Bailey, 2011). I explore these questions in greater detail by reviewing the literature on the rights and bioethics discourse of transnational surrogacy in the Indian context. I also examine contemporary issues concerning the intersectionality of transnational commercial surrogacy from a feminist perspective, especially the commodification of the ââ¬Åotheredââ¬Â reproductive female body.

Author Biography

Anureet Lotay, University of Manitoba
Masters candidate in the Department of Anthropology