India May Ban Commercial Surrogacy
The Indian government has released a draft of a bill regulating the controversial surrogacy industry. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill proposes a complete ban on commercial surrogacy, which would be a huge blow to the rapidly growing industry. It also restricts the clients of surrogate mothers to Indian citizens residing in India who are married but infertile; unmarried couples, single parents, and homosexuals would not be eligible. Only altruistic surrogacy will be allowed and clients would only be able to compensate women for their expenses. The surrogate must also be a close relative of the commissioning couple.
If enacted, the legislation would see the government become more involved with the creation of a National Surrogacy Board and surrogacy boards in the states as well.
Bioedge. April 2.