How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception
Despite legislation that claims to prohibit it, there is a thriving market for babies spreading across the globe. Fueled by rapid advances in reproductive medicine and the desperate desires of millions of would-be parents, the acquisition of children—whether through donated eggs, rented wombs, or cross-border adoption—has become a multibillion dollar industry that has left science, law, ethics, and commerce deeply at odds.
The Baby Business dives into this new world, providing a behind-the-scenes account of how the industry works: who the baby-makers are, who makes money, how prices are set, and what defines the clientele. The first purely commercial look at an industry that deals in humanity’s most intimate issues, this book challenges us to consider the financial promise and ethical perils we will inevitably face as the baby business moves forward.