Once shrouded in secrecy, the seeking of medical assistance to have babies is now pretty much out there in the open. Of the many forms of ART or Assisted Reproductive Technologies, 'surrogacy' has got a lot of attention of late. This is partly because of the visa restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, last December on foreigners coming to India to use this service, and partly because two of the Hindi film industry's biggest stars have acknowledged their use of it.
The practice of IVF, the use of surrogates, donor sperm and donor eggs are carried out under the National Guidelines for Accreditation, Supervision and Regulation of ART Clinics in India, issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research in 2005. But this is largely discretionary and there would be better regulation and prevention of malpractice if the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill of 2010 was passed.
Anuradha SenGupta explores the medical, psychological and ethical implications of this form of surrogacy with Dr. Anahita Pandole, leading Mumbai based obstetrician and gynecologist and Ashika Mehta, a practicing psychotherapist.
If you are interested in this life issue `The ABC of Surrogacy' is for you.