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

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.