Black market surrogacy heightens illegal pregnancies in China

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Surrogate pregnancies are illegal in China, but many women have been finding ways around the ban. There’s a whole new market for surrogacy clinics, and it’s thriving thanks to online resources. CCTV’s Jie Bai reported the story.

Black market surrogacy heightens illegal pregnancies in China

Black market surrogacy heightens illegal pregnancies in China

Surrogate pregnancies are illegal in China, but many women have been finding ways around the ban. There's a whole new market for surrogacy clinics, and it's thriving thanks to online resources. CCTV's Jie Bai reported the story.

For one million yuan, you can get a baby boy of your own, or at least that’s what’s being advertised by China’s booming surrogacy clinics and agencies for childless families.

There’s a huge demand, with more than 20 people making inquiries every day. The Baby Plan Agency helps its clients buy eggs, implants embryos and offers follow-up treatment. They link up couples desperate for children with women desperate for money.

The surrogate mothers bear most of the risks. These women are strictly confined to a three-bedroom flat due to the illegality of surrogacy.

A recent relaxation of the one-child policy and rising infertility have resulted in a surge in demand. There’s a debate now on whether the law should be more flexible.

“There are always some infertile patients who need surrogacy to have a child,” Liu Ping of Peking University’s 3rd Hospital said. “They should have the chance. Otherwise it its a great pity for them.”

Ping also said the ban on surrogacy in hospitals is driving people into the murky world of online brokers.

  • Amelia

    My success pregnancy story! I was diagnosed with PCOS and premature ovarian failure three years ago, and was told by my fertility doctor that I had little hope of having any baby. But my husband and I decided to use IVF procedure in Ukraine. Because we were exhausted by previous treatment which costed a great amount of money we decided use IVF somewhere abroad. The prices in Western Europe are more affordable in comparison with our prices on reproductive medicine. And we found one clinic in Ukraine which attracted us. The price of the procedure was around 30k euros which included 5 attempt. We collected all the medical documents and sent it to the clinic. In February 2015 we were in Kiev. And at the beginning of the July I got pregnant from the second attempt. Now I am holding my son.

  • Alla Chernova

    I saw a lot of similar articles and I can’t understand why China’s government has so much negative to the surrogacy motherhood. I think that there are much more pluses than minuses! Each of us knows that nowadays the problem of infertility is highly common. A lot of couples are trying to fight with it. At the same time there are not so many legal clinics. I know that in Eastern Europe there are a lot of such centers. Greece, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine also have a lot of experience in this field. But I must admit that the prices there are usually pretty high! God, people just want to have their own kid! Nothing more! Let them do this. To my mind, China’s government has to follow, for example, the Ukraine. This country is not so highly developed as others, but its government supports the future. For example, I know one pretty good Center for Human Reproduction in Kiev, where the whole program costs like for 30k. Not as much as could, actually. I think that it is normal and quite acceptable to get some help at the reproductive clinic. At this way Ukrainian clinics help a lot of couples to get their happiness!