Thursday, April 20, 2006
A Womb With a View
Sorry. I just confused the real estate market with the womb market. In the real estate market, views are important. Ditto the number of bathrooms, neighborhood, school system and price. In the womb market, price is very important. Also, you can't purchase a womb; you have to rent one. Right now, the best place to find wombs at rock-bottom prices is India, where the womb business is booming. If any of my readers are interested in outsourcing childbirth, I can probably move your egg and sperm into some nice Indian digs for about $5,000. If you were to try that in the U.S. you're looking at paying between $15,000 to $50,000.
There's something a little unsettling about outsourcing childbirth to other countries. Because it's usually wealthy parents "renting" the womb of someone with scant financial means. And the Indian women who do this can make more money playing surrogate to a high-powered couple from the suburbs, than in five year's time in their own country doing anything else.
But maybe this is where we're headed, a new globalization frontier. Perhaps we can turn all third-world countries into baby factories for wealthier nations. And if third world peoples were carrying our babies, maybe we would try harder to ensure the health of those peoples and, of course, our babies.