What Are the Current Practices of Surrogacy in China?

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Future of Social Sciences

Year: 2021


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What Are the Current Practices of Surrogacy in China?

Yiying Qiu



This research paper explores the current practices of surrogacy in China and asks what these practices mean for human rights. Gestational surrogacy first came into practice in China in the second half of the 20th century. Minimal government laws on surrogacy have caused an underground surrogacy market to form and expand. This paper uniquely combines a sociological perspective on surrogacy with biological data and ancient Chinese lore. The data collected in this paper comes from other scholarly texts on surrogacy, and detailed data collection of online news outlets. By connecting the practices of surrogacy with human rights, this paper offers multiple perspectives and a comparison of surrogacy and abortion that connects these surrogacy practices with daily life.