LOK SABHA PASSES BILL TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE REGULATION OF SURROGACY


The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 which ensures effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows altruistic surrogacy to needy Indian infertile couples was passed by the Lok Sabha on Dec 19,2018 by a voice vote.

Now, altruistic surrogacy will be open to only infertile couples, who have been married for at least five years. An important condition in the Bill is that the surrogate mother has to be a close relative who has been married and has had a child of her own and there is no monetary exchange except for necessary medical expenses.

The surrogate mother and the intending couple need eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority. The Bill also recommends a provision for the constitution of a National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy.