The Indian press almost describes Premila as a hero, because at least she managed to finish her job before she dropped dead. The baby was born a month prematurely and is now being cared for in the NICU. Premila tried to help a"US-based couple to supplement her family income and brighten the future of her own two kids". Even in the West, the surrogacy industry is full of euphemisms. I've seen the words beautiful and selfless just a few times too many. In India, it's more than clear that being pregnant with another person's child, and taking all the medical risks involved with fertility drugs upon oneself, is often the only way to make a decent sum of money for poor Indian women.
Though they receive a mere fraction of the price western couples pay for their "surrogacy journey", it's possible to build a small house with the fee a surrogate receives. The Indian surrogates' motives for carrying someone else's baby are more than clear. But though being childless and struggling with infertility is no easy thing, can western couples really ethically justify using unregulated Indian surrogacy clinics to have a baby?