We’ve all heard of the Black Friday sale with clothes, shoes, and gadgets, but have you heard of it with discounts on babies?
The Ukrainian clinic, BioTexCom Center for Human Reproduction, has sparked outrage online for its Black Friday sale that offers discounts on babies. Yes, you read that right … discount on babies.
This clinic is offering a three percent discount from November 15 to 26. The clinic’s website says, “Hurry up to make your dream of a baby come true!”
On Twitter, the clinic wrote: The best Black Friday deal from a fertility clinic! (2021) Hurry to make your dream of a baby come true! “
In response to the company’s Black Friday discount on its surrogacy and fertility packages, outrage followed.
The clinic offers a “VIP GPA package” at € 1,947 and an IVF “Perfect Chance” package at € 447.
Those who read BioEdge, a bioethics newsletter that published the offer, said the marketing tool was “dehumanizing.”
“What a corrupt / dehumanizing world we live in in 2021,” wrote reader Pauline L from Australia.
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Another person, Hannah Spanswick comparing this offer to human trafficking, commented: “And now I thought child trafficking was illegal! “
“It never ceases to amaze me that some unscrupulous people value money before human life and dignity. There is enough evidence around the world to bear witness to the trauma of removing a baby of the woman who carried it and to whom it was born No diversion can change this reality and yet the trade in children continues without any care, responsibility or accountability on the part of those who use these practices to improve their personal wealth. I hope. I just hope that there is such Karma and that these business tycoons are subjected to the same level of emotional pain as those they inflict it on. “
Another commentator, Joan, echoed Pauline’s sentiments and asked why the practice was legal.
“Why is it legal to treat the women and children they bear like second-class citizens? “She asked, adding” As humans how far can we go? “
The offer also sparked backlash on Twitter, with users comparing surrogacy to exploitation.
“Today is a good day to tell BioTexCom that there is no difference between surrogacy and exploitation of women. #ReproductiveExploitation #BabiesSold #BlackFriday”
Another Twitter user called to denounce the firm:
“I denounce this company of slavery and the manufacture and sale of human babies in the wombs of women bought for it: they are offering rental discounts for Black Friday!” They still have the face of “explaining” that hiring women is not slavery. denounce me. “(translation of the tweet)
Estou denunciando esta empresa de escravismo e fabricação e venda de bebés humanos em úteros de mulheres compradas para isso: oferecem descontos de alugueiros para Black Friday! Ainda têm a cara de “explicar” que alugueiro de mulheres não é escravismo. Ajudem me a whistleblower. https://t.co/kJOLujyzUk
– Celso Alvarez Cáccamo (@CelsoACaccamo) November 19, 2021
Ukraine, Georgia and several states in the United States allow commercial surrogacy, in which the foster mother receives compensation for bearing a child.
However, despite the fact that new parents may pay “reasonable expenses” to the surrogate mother, taking advantage of surrogacy is illegal in the United States.
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India is home to the world’s largest commercial surrogacy industry, with an estimated turnover of $ 6 billion.
Altruistic surrogacy, in which the mother receives no compensation, is legal in other countries, such as the UK.