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Breaking “natural” boundaries

Sylvia Karpagam


Abstract

The book Full surrogacy now: Feminism against family by Sophie Lewis comes at a time when the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act 2018 in India proposes to replace commercial surrogacy with an altruistic version. While commercial surrogacy in India, with its array of private hospitals and agents, has tended to be exploitative of surrogate women, the new Bill riding on the back of patriarchy, caste and class, reserves surrogacy only for heterosexual, married couples while denying it to single, queer and live-in couples. The surrogate, in turn, is expected to be a close relative of the couple, who is married and has obtained consent from her own husband.

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