"Can We See the Baby Bump Please?" -- Film und Diskussion (in englischer Sprache)

Screening in English language on 30 April 2014, 6 p.m.
Tagungszentrum an der Sternwarte, Geismar Landstr. 11, big seminar room

Ms. Sarojini Nadimpally of Sama -- a research and advocacy group based in New Delhi, India -- will present a film on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) and commercial surrogacy. Drawing on Sama's research and advocacy initiatives, the film "Can We See the Baby Bump Please?" foregrounds the discussions and debates around ARTs and commercial surrogacy; provides a macro picture and analysis of this transnational ART / fertility industry, while locating it within the framework of women's health, rights and social justice. The film's narrative traces the ethical challenges, medical malpractice, and potential exploitation that can occur when surrogacy is practiced in a legal vacuum, while also highlighting and understanding the interplay of surrogate women's choices, contexts and compulsions. Key issues around regulations will also be presented. The film "Can We See the Baby Bump Please?" and the recently concluded research on commercial surrogacy were supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) India. The film was directed by Surabhi Sharma and produced by Sama Resource Group for Women and Health.

Sarojini Nadimpally is a health researcher and advocate who has been working in the field of women's health for the last twenty years. She is member of Sama, a Delhi based Women's resource group working on health issues. She was involved in the coordination of national level research projects on reproductive and medical technologies and their implications on women, and has published several articles in national and international journals such as Globalisation and Health, Development, and Economic & Political Weekly. She has been associated with Medico friend Circle and People's Health Movement.

Following the screening, a discussion will take place with Sarojini Nadimpally, Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz, Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen, and filmmaker Surabhi Sharma.

The screening is a collaborative event of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Fellow Dr. Sheela Saravanan, and the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine.