I normally don't come up with social issues here unless and until I'm compelled to. I read an article today in the church weekly and decided maybe some awareness regarding this should do good.Awareness regarding -Surrogate Moms.
Hours before stumbling upon this article I thought surrogacy was no big deal.I mean yes,It's no big deal outside India.But in India I hear surrogate mothers are not protected legally.And that's not good.Big yes.They need insurance.
I'm not going to be rambling on and on like some social protagonist.So I'm not going to fake it either. Just felt the need to share. So here goes, for people who don't know what Surrogacy means...
Surrogate moms are of two types.One falls under the traditional category.The other one is Artificial Insemination. Oh yes,like Jennifer Lopez did in The Back Up Plan.(Oh,how I love the movie!)
By Traditional means is like those olden days where women bore their own babies and had the biological connect giving those babies away to needy barren wives. In Artificial Insemination ,women sought to egg donors ,where in ,a woman transfers her embryo to the surrogate mom.Then ,the surrogate mom practically grows the little babe to maturity till birth.It's similarly given to a childless couple.
Now ask me why. Some couples may not be able to bear off-springs so this frustration,pain and trauma makes them opt for surrogacy. It's actually a very sacrosanct activity that has been marred today ,totally commercial driven. Women rent their wombs to provide babies at a cost of Rs.30,000 ,which is for the starters alone.Prices keep escalating every time the surrogate moms comes into structure for as many clients.Because they have all the maternity needs which are looked after by the medical agencies and the parents who crave for the baby.It's become a booming market today.Honestly,there is nothing wrong with surrogacy. I am all for it.
Statistics today has it that Indian surrogate moms earn totally around 445 billion-US $ per year. So you might say, anyone can give a random statistic.Well,you are correct.The problem is not with the statistics but with the fact that Indian Surrogate Moms do not have legal laws for protection. The numbers are climbing mountains and yet no hope of guiding light for them? They are entitled to all the rights a universal surrogate mom deserves.But I wonder why not much consideration has been given.
My point here is.I'm not going to be singing slogans or brandishing emotional frenzy amongst us.But a small awareness is going to do no harm.Maybe one fine day,a journalist or a social activist will stumble upon this blog and maybe this little silent voice can swirl into a megahertz revolution to protect these women?(I know I'm so ridiculously ambitious! ;) I hear/read ,these women are exposed to aplenty perils ,biologically and quiet socially.
So, the freedom to(help) seek rights are not forgotten yet,right?! I just threw a pebble in the river.I've created ripples and I know it. Maybe ,you want to create a tornado? :)