A new bill puts commercial surrogacy to an end. Here's how it shaped the lives of women in a Gujarat clinic
Primarily home-makers or migrant workers, the surrogates at the Akansha Hospital and Research Institute earn nearly 10 times as much as they would be paid as labourers
Govt introduces bill in Lok Sabha to ban commercial surrogacy, includes provision for relatives to act as 'altruistic' surrogates to Indian couples
The government introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha that also provides for constitution of surrogacy boards at national and state levels.
Blanket ban on commercial surrogacy eliminates aspect of privacy; unfair to couples who marry late, homosexuals
There is no doubt that this $1-billion industry needs to be regulated, but banning commercial surrogacy entirely might not be the way.
The womb is a very personal space for a woman, and if she wishes to use it for surrogacy, it is her prerogative to do so. The only role the State has to play is to ensure she is not exploited by unscrupulous elements, and this can be done by recognising surrogacy as legitimate work
Lok Sabha passes 'historic' bill which bans commercial surrogacy; single parents, same-sex couples not entitled
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 that prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows close relatives to act as surrogates to needy infertile couples for "altruistic" reasons.
Winter Session of Parliament: Lok Sabha passes landmark surrogacy bill; Rajya Sabha adjourns early amid sloganeering
On the seventh day of Parliament, the Lok Sabha discussed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016, and passed the landmark legislation. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha did not get much done after the Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) caused chaos in the Upper House.
Cabinet gives nod to moving official amendments in 2016 Surrogacy Bill in bid to ban commercialisation of practice
The Cabinet, on Wednesday, gave its approval for moving official amendments in a bill which aims at banning commercial surrogacy, allowing altruistic surrogacy to needy infertile couples and its effective regulation in the country.
When the creation of embryos is a technically-enabled process, the fate of every one of them has to be accounted for.
As the debate around commercial surrogacy rages in India, new technology has raised a whole new set of questions. Like: What if, for instance, artificial or transplanted wombs replace human surrogates?
Those opposing commercial surrogacy including the government seem to have an unstated, oblique objection in addition to the ones that have been voiced loud and clear like the legal issues bedevilling surrogacy commissioned by foreigners.
Undoubtedly, debating the surrogacy bill is complicated. Or so it should be given the nature of the matters raised by the bill.
we also need to realise that these women are adults. It is the duty of the state to ensure that adults like them are empowered enough to take independent decisions and don’t end up abusing their bodies for the lack of education, employment opportunities or social stigma.
The bill proposes a complete ban on commercial surrogacy and allows only legally-wedded Indian couples (who have been married for five years) to opt for children through it.
Dr Harsh Vardhan wants to regulate commercial surrogacy in India.