Clarification from the Hospital & Surrogate Mother on Article in Daily Mail on titled Our 'rent a womb' child from an Indian baby farm: British couple paying £20,000 for a desperately poor single mother to have their child" published on 31st Aug 12
Online PR News – 12-September-2012 – Hyderabad – There is a sustained campaign being carried out by the British press particularly the daily mail tabloid against Surrogacy in India,according to Sai Raj Jaiswal,Legal Adviser to the KIC,Hyderabad,India.this is very evident in the article published in Daily Mail on titled Our 'rent a womb' child from an Indian baby farm: British couple paying £20,000 for a desperately poor single mother to have their child" published on 31st Aug 2012. Link to the article is as below.
He states that the article is malicious, negative, erroneous, false and contains derogatory remarks about the Surrogate Mother, Medical Facility, City of Hyderabad, India as a Country. It is a sponsored and is aimed at painting a Negative Picture of Surrogacy Treatment in India.
Few of the points listed in article are.
1) (British Couple), a middle-class Oxfordshire housewife, admitted the £20,000 deal sounded 'cold and clinical' but insisted: 'This is a business transaction.'
2) Describing the surrogate mother as 'just a vessel', the 34-year-old former estate agent added: 'There is no altruism involved on the surrogate's part: she is being paid to have our baby'.
3) They know she is 31 and has children of her own. They know her name, and that for reasons not explained — perhaps she has been widowed or deserted — she has no husband.
4) For the duration of her pregnancy she will live with other surrogates, away from her home and family, in a primitive dormitory within the clinic. It goes without saying that she is desperately poor.
5) The British Couple have not been told how much their surrogate will earn from the £20,000 cost of the treatment — clinics are loath to specify sums — but estimates range from £3,000 to £6,000.
6) 'There is no altruism involved on the surrogate's part: she is being paid to have our baby. It's a contractual arrangement.
7) India's burgeoning surrogacy industry — there are about 1,000 clinics providing surrogates for 'fertility tourists' — has been compared to a baby factory in which children are made-to-order for affluent couples who often use donated eggs and sperm to create their baby, and an Indian donor to carry it, choosing everything from their baby's eye colour to its height.
8) Impoverished cities like Hyderabad
9) Around 2,000 births to surrogates took place in India last year, and Britain supplies the largest number of clients — estimates suggest as many as half are from the UK. The fact that just 100 surrogate births were recorded in Britain last year puts the scale of the Indian operation into perspective.
These statements are derogatory in nature and were made without any proof. No effort was made by anyone from Daily Mail to verify these facts. Neither the Parents featured in the article nor the Journalists from Daily Mail bothered to meet the Surrogate Mother or visit the facility. Details mentioned in the article about number of Patients from UK Visiting India and other such details are not verified and were added just by hearsay.
According to Mr.Jaiswal, facilities provided to surrogate mothers in India are at par with the facilities available in most of the middle class households in India. The nutrition, nurture, care and medication provided to Surrogate Mothers is at par with the highest quality of such care only available to elite few.
Surrogate Mother for featured couple, who has had to face the brunt of the article, has had a very good upbringing, is from a lower middle class family. She is educated and can understand, write, and read in English. Women are ready to become Surrogates not just for money but to improve the circumstances in which they and their family currently live in, at times to secure their child's education, at times to pay for health concerns of their immediate ones, at times to fulfill their dreams of owning a house and a farm plot.
Surrogate was anguished and devastated when she saw the article. Her first reaction was "All of us at times work for someone or other, in work places all of us feel that our bosses are using us to gain profits and do not care about our well being. But no one likes to be called a slave or vessel in person and this has happened to me in Media"
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