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Government introduces Bill in Parliament to ban commercial surrogacy

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Health Minister J P Nadda on Tuesday introduced in the Lok Sabha a Bill seeking ban on commercial surrogacy in the country amid noisy Opposition protest over the government’s demonetisation move.

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 aims to protect women from exploitation and ensure the rights of the child born through surrogacy.

Once the Bill become a law, only altruistic surrogacy will be allowed for needy Indian infertile couples under strict regulations.

Under the new law, foreigners, NRIs and PIOs will not be allowed to seek surrogacy in the country.

Others who will not be entitled for surrogacy include homosexuals, single parents, live-in couples and couples who already have children.

Presently, India has no law governing surrogacy. The government’s move is aimed at bringing down growing incidents of unethical practices, exploitation of surrogate mothers and abandonment of children born out of surrogacy.

Women between the age group of 23 and 50 years and men aged between 26 and 55 years will be eligible to go in for surrogacy. Under the new law, the surrogate mother can only be a close relative who is married. A woman can be a surrogate only once in her lifetime.

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