Will the recent Surrogacy Bill finally make surrogacy a safe process in India?

Be it Bollywood stars like Karan Johar or Hollywood biggies like Kim Kardashian, surrogacy has become very popular amongst couples nowadays.  India has become a growing and booming hub of surrogacy. The lower rates that the country affords and the amount of population has since quite some time made the country a favourite destination for not just the people of the country but the ones from outside too, who dream of ending their spell of infertility through the surrogacy process. But with this surge came a whole gamut of problems that had no legal solutions to it. Be it the cases of surrogate mothers refusing to give up the babies, the exploitation of surrogate mothers by agents, or even abandoning of unwanted surrogate babies. All of these major issues had no legal recourse to deal with it.

What is the bill about?

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill aims towards regulating surrogacy in the country, at the central level and in the states and the Union territories.

What will the bill do?

Once the Bill is brought into effect by the Parliament, the National Surrogacy Board will be formed. Similarly states boards will be formed within three months of the notification by the central government. This will work towards regulating surrogacy as a practice and will bring down the number of unethical practices in surrogacy, prevent commercial surrogacy including sale and purchase of human embryo and gametes.

Who will benefit from this?

Infertile couples who want to go through the process ethically will benefit from the bill.

This Bill, for now, excludes foreign nationals from its ambit. But while keeping them out of purview, it is recommended that a very strong background check should be done for NRIs, PIOs and OCIs.

 

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