Bionetworking in Asia Public Lecture Series and the Sussex Asian Lecture Series present:
‘Surrogacy as empowerment: Reproductive labour as surplus in neoliberalism’
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Monday 13th May, 12.30-2.00
Room 103, Fulton Building, University of Sussex
Neo-liberal India is emerging as a centre for reproductive tourism, having, under state patronage, pursued policies for developing medical tourism. Among the procedures for reproductive tourists, is the availability of medical surrogacy. It is argued that the surrogate exercises agency and choice, and that this is a win-win situation, calling only for regulation of clinics and standards. Professor Rao argues, on the contrary, that this is the exploitation of alienated reproductive labour, akin to reproductive slavery. The appropriate policy response is therefore banning all but altruistic surrogacy.
Mohan Rao is a Professor at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a medical doctor, specialised in public health. He is the author of From Population Control to Reproducive Health: Malthusian Arithmetic (Sage, 2004) and has edited Disinvesting in Health: The World Bank’s Health Prescriptions (Sage, 1999) and The Unheard Scream: Reproductive Health and Women’s Lives in India (Zubaan 2004). With Sarah Sexton, he has edited Markets and Malthus: Population, Gender and Health in Neo-liberal Times (Sage 2010).
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