Karen Smith Rotabi and Nicole F. Bromfield

Virginia Commonwealth University & UAE University

Karen Smith Rotabi is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been deeply committed to inter-country adoption reform in Guatemala and was alarmed to learn about the new surrogacy movement in the nation (see http://www.socmag.net/?tag=adoption). Partnered with Nicole Bromfield, faculty at UAE University, and an expert in human trafficking and international regulation, they have been actively analyzing the global surrogacy trade. Taking a preventive stance, Rotabi and Bromfield are hopeful to begin critical discourse that will lead to a call to action for new legislation in this area of fertility technology that intersects with globalization, gender equality, and the disparity between wealth and poverty.


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Will Global Surrogacy Be Regulated?

Karen Smith Rotabi and Nicole F. Bromfield

Global surrogacy is a growing "industry."  It has grave potential for human rights abuses, including coercion and trafficking in women for forced reproduction, among others. Yet there are no international standards limiting this practice nor enough research on the implications of surrogacy in countries where it is prevalent.  We must act now to investigate and regulate this industry before it is too late.

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