A Surrogate’s Plea to Keep Controversial Industry Alive as India Moves Toward Ban

March 13, 2017

(Australian Broadcasting Co) – Lakshmi Rajput does not see herself as exploited, but driving her willingness to bear someone else’s children is the desperate desire to save her own. “I need money because my son has a hole in his heart,” she says. The 24-year-old is bearing twins for a couple, from Kerala in India’s south. The pregnancy will earn her roughly $6,000. A doctor has told her that surgery to repair her two-year-old son Krishna’s heart will cost twice that much. Ms Rajput’s bind reflects the case for and against an industry thought to be worth about $3 billion a year.