Narratives of Choice amongst white Australians who undertake Surrogacy Arrangements in India

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on a rhetorical analysis of interviews with fifteen white Australian citizens who had undertaken offshore commercial surrogacy in India. Extending previous research, the findings suggest that genetic relatedness was valorized, and surrogacy constructed as a less tenuous route to family formation. The paper concludes with a discussion of the need for further research on 1) how the contentious nature of offshore commercial surrogacy may prevent full consideration of its ethical implications, 2) the differing belief systems between India and Australia in terms of children as alienable objects, and 3) ongoing consideration of how and when genetic-relatedness is made to matter.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-325
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
    Volume37
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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