Surrogacy – an increasingly popular practice for Saudi and Chinese couples

Publié le : 13 December 2013

 Asia and Europe for Saudi couples and the United States for Chinese couples are the most population regions for surrogacy. However, surrogacy is forbidden in Saudi Arabia by the Islamic Jurisprudence Council. Nevertheless, a certain number of doctors are adopting a more liberal interpretation of the law. Surrogacy is also forbidden in China. Apart from the high levels of atmospheric pollution, which, according to experts, could be responsible for the infertility of many couples* , there are reasons other than medical grounds for resorting to this practice, namely Chinese legislation. Two types of situation must be considered. On the one hand, "homosexual couples who want to have children and cannot adopt in China, [therefore turn] more and more to the United States". On the other hand, some couples look for surrogate mothers to "off-set the drastic limitations of the one child policy".
In order to have access to surrogacy in the United States, Chinese couples must pay almost 150,000 dollars, which is "34 times the annual average income in a Chinese village". However, one of the advantages available to the couples is that the child will be born on American soil. He/she will thus have American citizenship – a fact that will enable the child to be educated and possibly live in the United States.          
In the United States, a dozen or so "surrogacy agencies" have witnessed a significant increase in Chinese clientele.            

40 million people are infertile in China

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