What do you think about this?
Agencies are being paid about $150,000 and more to supply surrogate mothers who agree to give birth to babies for Chinese couples and others from other countries who can’t have children. Oftentimes they’re gay and can’t get married. An added benefit is they are U.S. citizens.
Surrogacy is forbidden in most countries so wealthy couples are hiring surrogates in the U.S. In fact, most agencies say that international clients are the bulk of their clients.
In one agency, about 40% of the surrogate births are Chinese and in many others, it’s more than half. Wealthy Chinese are communists.
Surrogate mothers receive about $35,000 to $45,000.
The babies of course are U.S. citizens, entitled to all the benefits thereof such as subsidized college in the U.S. Most foreigners don’t want the U.S. citizenship, not so the Chinese. According to the New York Times, “many Chinese parents take a different tack, keeping the American citizenship automatically conferred on every baby born here. Some hope the baby will attend an American university or help the family to live and work in the United States.”
Many countries forbid advertising foreign or domestic surrogacy services and allow only altruistic surrogacy, in which the woman carrying the baby receives payment only for her expenses.
Most countries and some U.S. states do not allow what they believe is the unethical practice of commercializing baby making and exploitation of poor women who need the money and will use their wombs to make some. Not so in California.
There are about 2,000 of these births in the U.S. each year, triple what it was ten years ago.
The agencies that arrange these births are unregulated. Maybe this is something the government actually should regulate?