Surrogate baby stuck in legal limbo

Baby Manjhi, a surrogate child, has been stuck in legal limbo. Her adoptive parents divorced before her birth.

 Surrogate baby stuck in legal limbo

JAIPUR, India (CNN) — Baby Manjhi has no nationality, no
legal mother and no clear path home from India to Japan to a father and
grandmother who desperately want her.

"From deep inside my heart, I want to return immediately to my own
country with my grandchild," said Emiko Yamada, the girl’s grandmother.

At just two weeks old, Manjhi Yamada is stuck in legal limbo — the
offspring of commercial surrogacy and a divorce before she was even

Everything about this story alarms me, like this quote:

"Cheap mothers are available here. There is so much poverty. …
It’s employment for them," says Dr. Sadhana Arya with India’s Arya
Hospital. "You have treated the surrogate mother like an object, used her as a factory, produced something, given money for it." But, she says, the final product "is a live child."


Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

4 thoughts

  1. Fuck. I’d marry the guy just so he can bring her home. What is it about people who are in the business of law-making that they have a rod so far up their arses that they can’t be flexible? This is not some kind of customs dispute over an “export”… this is a human baby for fuck’s sake.

  2. Oh man, this is upsetting on so many levels. I see that the Indian gov’t wants to avoid single men adopting young children to sexually exploit them, but this is his daughter! Why should he have to adopt his own biological child? They should just let him take her home. Or maybe Grandma could adopt her? Or honestly, maybe the mother could step up and claim her just to get her home and then he could raise her. Sheesh. Poor thing.

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