By Sasha Padbidri
Remember Chinese octomom? It seems that in the last five months womb-renting has been skyrocketing, considering the Chinese preference for Dragon babies. That aside, there have been other factors that have added to this rise.
According to the Straits Times, one in every eight Chinese couples struggles to have a baby, according to official statistics. This is five times the number compared with 20 years ago. In 2010 alone, 40 million people in China were affected by sterility.
One reason why womb-renting is so popular is due to the fact that in-vitro fertilization creates a higher chance of having twins or even triplets. Such deliveries, whether natural or not, are exempt from the policy. Other reasons for surrogacy include vanity, for many mothers fear that pregnancy may ruin their figures.
This has subsequently has raised the question of abolishing the one-child policy. Said Liang Zhongtang, a demography expert at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences: “People are very interested in the policy these days and the need for changes to it. A lot of people think it should have been dropped a long time ago, or relaxed at least.”
With approximately 8 more months to go before the Dragon Year gives way to the unpopular Snake Year, it looks like the number of surrogate births will be increasing for the time being. The question regarding the abolishment of the one-child policy, however, remains subject to debate.
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