Failed surrogate conceptions: social and ethical aspects of preconception disruptions during commercial surrogacy in India

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2016 11:9
Authors: Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz
“During a commercial surrogacy arrangement, the event of embryo transfer can be seen as the formal starting point of the arrangement. However, it is common for surrogates to undergo a failed attempt at pregnancy conception or missed conception after an embryo transfer. This paper attempts to argue that such failed attempts can be understood as a loss. It aims to reconstruct the experiences of loss and grief of the surrogates and the intended parents as a consequence of their collective failure to conceive a surrogate pregnancy.”
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