The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception
Debora L. SparISBN: 1591396204; 9781591396208;
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 chidren—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. In The Baby Business, Debora Spar argues that it is time t acknowledge the commercial truth about reproduction and to establish a standard that governs its transactions. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes account, she combines pioneering research and interviews with the industry’s top reproductive scienists and trailblazers to provide a first glimpse at how the industry works: who the baby-makers are, who makes money, how prices are set, and what defines the clientele. Fascinating stories illustrate the inner workings of market...