25 July, 2021

Rent-A-Womb? Wait, The Government Is Planning to Ban It; 'Absurd', Say Experts

Introduced recently in the Lok Sabha, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 has triggered panic in the Artificial Reproduction Technology sector

Shadow Of Law
A fertility clinic in Delhi
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Rent-A-Womb? Wait, The Government Is Planning to Ban It; 'Absurd', Say Experts
outlookindia.com
2019-07-26T11:19:06+05:30

Crotchet For Cord

  • Complete ban on ­commercial surrogacy
  • Only altruistic surrogacy by a close relative will be allowed
  • The close relative ­agreeing to be a ­surrogate should be married, aged between 25 and 35 years and have her own child
  • Only a couple, married for at least five years and certified as infertile by a government-­appointed medical board is eligible to have a child through surrogacy
  • People from LGBTQ communities, those ­unmarried, divorced or widowed can’t ­commission surrogacy
  • Registered medical ­practitioners, any person who owns a surrogacy clinic or is employed in one, or a person who acts as an agent for commercial surrogacy, is liable to be jailed for five years and pay a fine of Rs 10 lakh
  • Any couple who ­commissions ­commercial surrogacy is liable to five-year jail term and Rs 5 lakh fine; subsequent offence to attract 10 years in jail and fine of Rs 10...


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