Surrogate baby born in India coming to Japan

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In a good demonstration of why the Japanese government doesn’t like surrogate births, a baby conceived of a Japanese father’s sperm and an unidentified donor’s egg and who was born in India in July, has been given a temporary one year visa to enter Japan with the father’s family. The complication comes with the fact that the man and his wife divorced before the baby was born and India does not allow adoption by single parents. Nonetheless, the family’s pleas prevailed and it looks like the man’s mother will be tasked helping to raise the child. Apparently the baby was born in Anand town in Gujarat state, which is considered a major surrogate birthing center in India. Surrogate mothers are available at a cost of around Rs.100,000 (US$2,500).

(Source: TT commentary from afp.google.com, Oct 31, 2008)

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