Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (above) said yesterday that under the “complete ban on commercial surrogacy”, only couples who have been married for at least five years could seek a surrogate. The surrogate would have to be a close relative of the couple.
Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 will regulate surrogacy across India & prohibit commercial surrogacy. https://t.co/OtgYZGCB67
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2016
According to NBC, in recent years India has become a popular low-cost destination for people wanting to have children using surrogate mothers. However, many of the surrogates are paid only a small percentage of the money that is paid to clinics.
BBC report on India banning commerical surrogacy avoids mention that the ban is driven partly by homophobia https://t.co/X2KI7ASZVb
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) August 25, 2016
Swaraj said that current practises have led to exploitation and abuse. She cited two cases where a couple took home one child from a twin birth and another left a disabled baby with the surrogate.
— Catch News (@CatchNews) August 25, 2016
Last year, Indian embassies were instructed to not grant visas to foreigners who planned to come to India to engage a surrogate mother. The home ministry said children born through surrogacy to foreign couples would not be allowed to leave the country.
— Rita Banerji ✍ ⚖ (@Rita_Banerji) August 25, 2016
A 2012 United Nations report found that there are around 3,000 fertility clinics in India. The surrogacy business to be worth around $1 billion a year.
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