Transnational surrogacy can be a highly positive experience for both the commissioning couple and the carrying mother, writes The Economist. Women being able to earn years' worth of wages in their own country is a good thing. So is gay couples and couples suffering from infertility finally being able to have children of their own. Laws that protect a couple’s right to the baby that is genetically theirs through in vitro fertilization while also providing adequate medical care for the surrogate are necessary. If regulated fairly, the use of surrogate mothers can be a benefit to both sides and should be encouraged, holds The Economist.
Western couples hiring surrogate mothers in countries with lax surrogacy laws gives them an unfair upper hand over these vulnerable women, argues Nick Cesare of Girl Talk HQ. Frowned upon and even associated with sex work, some areas have very little legislation on surrogacy. Transnational surrogacy leaves these women without protection if anything goes wrong. Many surrogates have ended up not getting paid for their work, particularly if complications or miscarriages occur. Cesare suggests that this power-imbalance is highly unfair and takes advantage of women that need money, putting them under risks.