Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783607013 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607020 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Babies for Sale?

Transnational Surrogacy, Human Rights and the Politics of Reproduction

Edited by Miranda Davies

Babies for Sale?

Edited by Miranda Davies

Distributed for Zed Books

280 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783607013 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607020 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Transnational surrogacy parenthood is on the rise. For example, in the United States, the practice has been legalized in several states, while in India state sponsored “medical tourism” has established nearly three thousand surrogacy clinics. Globalization, new reproductive technologies, and rising infertility rates are combining to produce a quiet revolution in social ethics and the nature of parenting. Whereas much of the current scholarship has confined itself to the legal implications of this phenomenon and has largely focused on only a few countries, this groundbreaking anthology offers a much wider perspective.

Babies for Sale features contributions by activists and scholars from a range of countries and disciplines in order to offer the first genuinely international study of transnational surrogacy. Rooted in feminist perspectives, many of the essays give voice to those most affected by the global surrogacy chain, namely the surrogate mothers, donors, prospective parents, and the children themselves. Through case studies ranging from Israel to Mexico, the book outlines the forces that are driving the growth of transnational surrogacy, as well as its implications for feminism, human rights, motherhood, and masculinity.

Contributors include:
Wendy Chavkin, Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics, University of Columbia
Diane Beeson, Professor Emerita of Sociology, California State University and Associate Director, Alliance for Human Biotechnology 
Marsha Tyson Darling, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Centre for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, Adelphi University 
Ayesha Chatterjee, Programme Manager, Our Bodies Ourselves Global Initiative
Sally Whelan, Co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves
Emma Maniere, Programme Assistant, Gynuity Health Projects, NYC
Laura Swerdlow, planned parenthood advocate, Oregon
France Winddance Twine, Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara 
Review Quotes
Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Centre for Genetics and Society, Berkeley, California
“Tackles the booming business in cross-border surrogacy with a provocative collection of international feminist perspectives. It challenges us to think harder about the elephant-in-the-room question: Can commercial transnational surrogacy ever be ethical? This volume makes an important contribution to the debate.”
Yasmine Ergas, Columbia University
“A ground-breaking book, where the voices of activists and those of researchers come together to address one of the most important, and complex, phenomena of our time: the transnational market in baby-making.”
Donna Dickenson, University of London
“Transcending the usual rhetoric of reproductive choice and free markets, these authors provide reasoned argument and survey evidence from around the globe, questioning whether surrogacy really represents a ‘win-win’ situation for all parties.”
Katarina Trimmings, University of Aberdeen

“Miranda Davies has brought together a number of eminent authors and produced an outstanding collection. By combining academic approaches, empirical evidence, and real-life stories, this book adds an entirely new dimension to the debate on the ethics of cross-border commercial surrogacy.”

Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, University of London

“These original, informed, and critical analyses of transnational surrogacy make a vital intervention in impassioned debates. Chapters by leading international scholars and activists address ethical issues, feminist perspectives and the implications for children. They deserve to be widely read.”

“The essays express concern for the safety and livelihood of surrogates, egg providers, and children; several argue for reform, regulation, and international cooperation, and others for an outright ban on surrogacy and reproductive tourism. . . . Highly recommended.”
Jane Cottingham, Reproductive Health Matters
“The collection lays out detailed considerations that should be taken into account, through legal regulation, in any surrogacy arrangement, regardless of a country’s position. . . . Whether this will be done, and if so, how rapidly, will depend on the energy brought. . . . Davies’s anthology is an invaluable contribution to galvanizing that energy.”
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