On Outsourcing: Indian Uterus Edition

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Today MotherJones.com has published an article from the March/April special human rights issue that explores a Western penchant for renting Indian women’s wombs. Sounds creepy, but the exposé perhaps raises as many questions as it answers. After all, there are many who point out that, for example, working in a sweatshop beats being starving, or forced into sex work; so how exploitative is it to cheaply employ Third World reproductive organs if the pay is still way more money than their owners could make by conventional means? Check out an additional angle of the debate, as well as an interesting piece of the medical-tourism puzzle, here.

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