Surrogate mothers, Daksha, 37, Renuka, 23, and Rajia, 39, pose for a photograph inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. India is a leading centre for surrogate motherhood, partly due to Hinduism’s acceptance of the concept. The world’s second test tube baby was born in Culcatta only two months after Louise Brown in 1978. Rising demand from abroad for Indian surrogate mothers has turned “surrogacy tourism” there into a billion dollar industry, according to a report by the Law Commission of India.
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