Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The International Fertility Trade and Reproductive Tourism: When Old Treaties Meet New Technologies

Surrogates must stay in dormitories at some clinics.
Courtesy of BBC News
By Laura Notess

“Reproductive tourism,” the practice of traveling abroad to receive assisted reproductive technology, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Driven by the increasing availability of such technology and a desire for children of their own, couples around the world have turned to surrogacy and egg donation on an international scale. Yet the resultant fertility industry poses a number of challenging bioethical questions, several of which implicate potential rights violations that have so far received little discussion in the global human rights community.