Wombs For Rent…
The sale of sperms and eggs by young men and women is fast becoming a thriving enterprise in Ghana and many parts of the world today.
The target market for this booming venture is childless married couples suffering from infertility, lesbian’s couples and single women, who pay huge sums of money to access this market.
The amount they pay ranges from GH₵10, 000 to GH₵40,000 depending on who is making the offer. Eight years ago, Ghana was reported to have established its first sperm bank which accepts the sperms of donors.
It was mainly for wives whose husbands are not able to produce their own sperms or spouses whose husbands are living outside through a process called vitro fertilization. The bank collects the sperm, freezes it and sends it in a freezing compartment to be used on the wives.
In the same way, the sperms are collected and kept in a freezing compartment whilst the wife is made to come to the clinic where she is fertilizer with her husband’s frozen sperms. Also this procedure can be done on wives whose husbands have low sperm count.”
The “rent a womb” rush is said to be happening in some parts of the country, with Accra being the main center. The scramble, the Weekend Finder newspaper gathered, is due to the lucrative nature of the ‘business’ which is gradually gaining grounds in Ghana.
Our investigations have uncovered that more women are now into the business of renting out their wombs with commercial sex workers (prostitutes) scrambling for opportunities to become surrogate mothers.
Surrogate is an arrangement in which women carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. The sex workers take GH₵6, 000 for services they render to couples who are in need of babies, while others, out of desperation, are taking GH₵3, 000 for similar service.
In their new jobs, sex workers carry fertilized embryos of expected couples and deliver babies for such couples.
This practice, which is quite new, yet fast gaining grounds in Ghana, is popular in the western world where couples and bachelors from Europe and USA travel to Asian countries for medically designed babies.
Though current surrogacy statistics are not clear, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine puts of the world, the question that remains unanswered is whether it is ethical for young men and women to sell sperms or eggs or rent out their ovaries.
Below are the views of people the Weekend Finder interview:
Sadat, a businessman at Kasoa says: “Ethically it is wrong. Babies should be made the natural way. If we are at a point of selling sperms then what’s sex? Very soon people will be selling out their babies as well in the name of helping some couple who can’t have babies”.
Felix, another respondent stresses: “There is no way I will do that even if I had the offer. It is wrong and unethical for anyone to do such things.”
Sam, a Nigerian resident in Accra, has a contrary view.”I have no problem with it” he says, adding that “of late sperm selling has become a fast growing business. It has been reported in Nigeria that students sell their sperms to pay their fees. Not very man can produce babies; so if a couple agrees with that they can go ahead with it.”
Some of the ladies also shared their experiences.
According to Nana Ama, she has had a kid for her husband through vitro fertilization and is willing to go through it again when the time comes.
“I have no problem with it and since my husband cannot make babies, we both have agreed,” she said.
Another woman, Adjoa, is worried about the medical implications of such a practice.
“If we are to be doing this what becomes of biological fathers and mothers in the near future? It will get to a point where most children will not know their real parents and this can lead to a lot of complications. I have no problem with that. It is their choice so if they want to do it they can go ahead,” she lamented.