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We do live in interesting times.

This weekend I read an article in the Wall Street Journal on “global babies”. Apparently, couples¬† (infertile, gay) around the globe, who want to have kids, turn to outfits like PlanetHospital(PH). PH has an international network of surrogates, egg and sperm donors. They offer “packages” to families – “India bundle” being a low cost option. This international market is a lower cost alternative to US surrogates ($200K per baby) vs. $32k to $68K in other nations. What is even more interesting is the value-added option : being able to determine the sex of the baby upfront. PH has been offering these services since 2002!

To me, this article was interesting, because it is so far out compared to traditional baby making models. Outsourcing gone extreme!  It is even classified as, I think, the reproduction industry (nascent) and there is demand for this sort of product, made by baby making machines (in most cases to support the future of their own babies).

It also reminded me of the insurance industry, which profits from the terminally ill, by buying up their life insurance, in return for immediate gratification (the insured is paid some portion of their policy). In a way, this is a win-win situation for both parties, but the “blech” feeling seems to be anchored around the idea of profiting from death (funeral homes are another example of selling “packages” for the send off).¬† Should we marvel at the endless creativity of human beings or worry about this anything goes trend?

In all this, I forgot to mention, where there is money to be made, enter the bad guys. Somebody told me there are kidnappings, etc., to harvest sperms from good looking women, sometimes even ending in death for these women. Oh well, I digress….



Written by asterix98

December 14, 2010 at 3:26 am

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