TV: surrogacy

True Stories: Google Baby

More4, 31 May 2011, 10.00-11.45pm, available after broadcast on 4oD

From the programme’s website: “An Israeli entrepreneur is proposing a new service: pregnancy producing. His customers can select sperm and eggs online, with surrogacy outsourced to India. But what are the ethical and moral implications?”

From the Radio Times: “We open with the least romantic birth scene you’ll see this year. In India, a woman lies impassively as a C-section is carried out; while stitching the patient up, one of the doctors is on the phone, organising another birth. The woman is a surrogate and the room is part of a baby farm, full of women who bear children for a living. Elsewhere in this drab, disturbingly matter-of-fact film, we meet a man who conducts his international surrogacy business using Skype, a never-quiet mobile and a suitcase just big enough to hold a nitrogen flask of frozen embryos. Then there’s the American egg donor, injecting herself with potentially carcinogenic fertility drugs. The miracle of life suddenly seems very creepy.”

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