Strong legal rights to surrogate mothers in India soon?

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 09:54
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More teeth to the Surrogacy law in India?

More teeth to the Surrogacy law in India?

New Delhi: In a bid to strengthen the legal rights of surrogate mothers in India,  a draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, aimed at making parentage of such children legal and transparent, has been placed before a group of ministers headed by health minister J P Nadda.
Commercial surrogacy was legalised in India in the year 2002. Foreigners, however, cannot avail such services in the country. India, with its cheap technology, skilled doctors and a steady supply of local surrogates, is one of relatively few countries where women are paid to carry another’s child. Ranks of childless foreign couples flock to the country looking for a cheap, legal and simple route to parenthood.
The provisions envisaged in the proposed bill are aimed at safeguarding the rights and interests of surrogate mothers and children to be born out of surrogacy.
Earlier, the government had issued new rules in 2012 barring foreign gay couples and single people from using surrogate mothers to become parents, drawing sharp criticism from gay rights advocates and fertility clinics. The existing rules say foreign couples seeking to enter into a surrogacy arrangement in India must be a “man and woman [who] are duly married and the marriage should be sustained at least two years.
The cost of surrogacy in India generally ranges from about $18,000 to $30,000, of which around $8,000 goes to the surrogate mother. The figure is roughly a third of the US price, according to the reports.

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