Views of Swedish Commissioning Parents Relating to the Exploitation Discourse in Using Transnational Surrogacy

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Views of Swedish Commissioning Parents Relating to the Exploitation Discourse in Using Transnational Surrogacy

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dc.contributor.author Arvidsson, Anna
dc.contributor.author Johnsdotter, Sara
dc.contributor.author Essen, Birgitta
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-18T12:13:35Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-18T12:13:35Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19897
dc.description.abstract Transnational surrogacy, when people travel abroad for reproduction with the help of a surrogate mother, is a heavily debated phenomenon. One of the most salient discourses on surrogacy is the one affirming that Westerners, in their quest for having a child, exploit poor women in countries such as India. As surrogacy within the Swedish health care system is not permitted, Swedish commissioning parents have used transnational surrogacy, and the majority has turned to India. This interview study aimed to explore how commissioning parents negotiate the present discourses on surrogacy. Findings from the study suggest that the commissioning parents' views on using surrogacy are influenced by competing discourses on surrogacy represented by media and surrogacy agencies. The use of this reproductive method resulted, then, in some ambiguity. Although commissioning parents defy the exploitation discourse by referring to what they have learnt about the surrogate mother's life situation and by pointing at the significant benefits for her, they still had a request for regulation of surrogacy in Sweden, to better protect all parties involved. This study, then, gives a complex view on surrogacy, where the commissioning parents simultaneously argue against the exploitation discourse but at the same time are uncertain if the surrogate mothers are well protected in the surrogacy arrangements. Their responses to the situation endorse the need for regulation both in Sweden and India. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Views of Swedish Commissioning Parents Relating to the Exploitation Discourse in Using Transnational Surrogacy en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0126518 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication PLoS One;5
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 10 en_US
mahlocal.rights.oaType bronze
mahlocal.rights.oaType gold
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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