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Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 19 Dec. Once it is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will come into force with the assent of the President.

The bill bans commercial surrogacy. It allows altruistic surrogacy for Indian couples who can’t bear children.

Highlights:

The bill says the surrogate mother and the couple that wants to have her child must be close relatives.

It provides for the formation of a National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for the regulation of the practice of surrogacy. 

The surrogate mother and the intending couple need eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority.

The bill allows only Indian citizens to avail of surrogacy. Foreigners, non-resident Indians and persons of Indian origin are banned from seeking surrogate mothers in the country.

Homosexuals, single parents, and live-in couples are also not allowed to have children via surrogacy in India.

Couples that already have children will not be allowed to go for surrogacy, though they would be free to adopt children under a separate law.

What is altruistic surrogacy?

Altruistic surrogacy refers to those surrogacy agreements where the surrogate does not receive monetary compensation.

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