Human Exceptionalism

Biological Colonialism: “Gestational Carrier” Dies

An Indian surrogate mother has died as a consequence of renting her uterus to a Western woman. From the Daily News and Analysis story:

Renting out her womb to a US couple cost Amraiwadi resident Premila Vaghela, 36, her life. Trying to give a child to the couple, she died on Monday leaving her two sons motherless… Premila’s mother, more than 80 years old, had anger in her voice. “I have lost my daughter. Now, we don’t want anything from anybody,” she said.

But  at least there was good news for somebody:

Three days later, it was an emotional scene at Arpan New Born care Centre in Navrangpura as Helen- the biological mother of the boy Vaghela delivered prematurely-saw her son for the first time on Thursday. Onlookers said Helen looked tired and gloomy after her flight, but when she saw the baby in the incubator tears welled up in her eyes.

But she wanted a baby! Sometimes entitlement comes at a terrible cost.

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