Surrogacy tourism: the ethical and legal challenges

Gunputh, Rajendra Parsad and Choong, Kartina Aisha orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9407-1771 (2015) Surrogacy tourism: the ethical and legal challenges. International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 15 (1-2). pp. 16-21. ISSN 1598-0634

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Although surrogacy seemed to have been practised since ancient times, its resurgence in the contemporary era has been nothing short of phenomenal. With advances made in reproductive technology, it is now possible to fertilise eggs and sperms in laboratories and have the embryo transferred into the womb of a surrogate mother for gestation. Through a combination of push and pull factors, this possibility of gestational surrogacy has led to the meteoric rise of cross-border surrogacy. This paper seeks to highlight the ethical and legal challenges associated with the practice, and calls for better legal oversight at international level.

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