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• India Surrogates – In what has become a lucrative industry, clinics in India recruit impoverished women and pay them as much as $7,000 to be implanted with embryos and bear children for infertile clients. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, some clinics implant four or five embryos to maximize the chance of pregnancy, and in cases where multiple embryos become viable pregnancies, some are aborted. University of Pennsylvania ethicist Arthur Caplan worries about where this could lead. (Originally aired September 30, 2011) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/september-30-2011/surrogate-mothers-in-india/9612/
• Mormon Singles Chapel – Leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints say more and more young Mormons are postponing marriage for their careers or simply staying single longer. Lucky Severson reports on the Mormon Church’s Crystal City Chapel in the suburbs of Washington D.C., all of whose members are single, and the Church’s efforts to reverse the trend by encouraging single Mormons to meet and marry. (Originally aired August 19, 201) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/august-19-2011/mormon-singles-chapel/9301/