The RTÉ documentary ‘Her body, Our babies’ made for deeply uncomfortable viewing on several levels. The Indian ‘surrogates’ featured in the programme are women who live in poverty and who are paid a fraction of the substantial sums paid to clinics for their services to Western couples.

More than one commentator said surrogacy reduced these desperate women – and the children they carried – to mere commodities, and, as the programme revealed, commodities which could be easily discarded.

The decision of the surrogacy clinic to abort one of the three human embryos being carried by Mumbai woman Shobha caused a huge backlash on social media documentary.

The vast majority of tweets were critical of the implantation of three embryos when the clinic was determined to abort at least one if all three became viable. In this case all three were healthy and viable.

Lorraine Courtney wrote

Her body, Our babies – and the reality of ‘pregnancy reduction’

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