GOOGLE BABY

Google Baby journeys across three continents to tell the story of the up-and-coming baby production industry in the age of globalization. Doron, an Israeli entrepreneur with a high tech background, is proposing a new service - baby production. The baby producer, as he introduces himself, provides customers with a cost-effective solution using outsourcing of the surrogacy element to India as a way to lower prices. The preferred genetic material is selected by the clients and the rest is left in the hands of the producer: sperm and eggs are purchased online and multiple embryos are produced and frozen. Packed in liquid nitrogen, only the embryos that fit the customers’ preferences are shipped to India where they are implanted into the wombs of local women. These surrogates are kept in a closed clinic under constant supervision by Dr. Nanya Patel. At the end of the nine month pregnancy period, the customers arrive to pick up their babies.

In the ‘60s, the introduction of the contraceptive pill turned sex into an act far less dependent upon the risk of pregnancy. Today, technology has turned "making a baby" into an act independent of sex. Globalization is making baby producing affordable; all one needs is a credit card.

Through a non-judgmental presentation of the practice, the film raises issues of medical ethics, racism, and exploitation that have no simple resolutions. It serves as a valuable addition for women’s studies, bioethics, and globalization courses.

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