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
childrenwhether through donated eggs, rented wombs, or
cross-border adoptionhas become a multibillion dollar industry
that has left science, law, ethics, and commerce deeply at
In The Baby Business, Debora Spar argues that it is time to
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
scientists 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 segments--including stem
cell research, surrogacy, egg swapping, designer babies,"
adoption, and human cloning--as Spar explores the moral and legal
challenges that industry players must address.
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'll face as the
baby business moves inevitably forward.