Allow single women as surrogates, says National Commission for Women

The draft ART Bill has recently been uploaded on the health ministry website and stakeholders have been asked to send in their comments by November 15.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2015 4:27 am

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is set to recommend to the health ministry that single women be  allowed to become surrogate mothers. The decision was taken at a national consultation on surrogacy organised by the body.

“In the draft Bill [governing surrogacy], only married women are allowed to become surrogate mothers. But we felt this restricts the reproductive rights of single women. All single women, unmarried, divorced or separated, should be allowed to become surrogate mothers,” said Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson of NCW.

The commission also wants to bar NRIs and Indians settled overseas from commissioning surrogate services in India, to prevent exploitation of women.  “The Bill does not allow foreigners to avail of surrogacy, but we think that should be widened to include NRIs and Overseas Citizens of India, because surrogacy is essentially a contract between the haves and have nots,” Kumaramangalam said.

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Surrogacy and other issues of fertility treatment are dealt with in the The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, in the works for several years now. The draft ART Bill has recently been uploaded on the health ministry website and stakeholders have been asked to send in their comments by November 15.

The consultation organised on Thursday was attended by officials from the health ministry, home ministry, women and child development ministry, the National Human Rights Commission and state governments, among others.

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  1. Gabriella Dean
    Feb 15, 2016 at 9:26 pm
    I think that it is right to allow single or divorced women to become surrogate mothers. I want to note that very often just these women need additional money. single woman who has a child must have enough money to support him. Very often it can be seen such situations when women agree to become a surrogate mother for foreigners just because she they need money for living, for children’s education and many other important things. Moreover today we can see a great demand for the surrogate motherhood procedure. Therefore if single women are allowed to become surrogate mothers there will more candidates to become carriers for infertile families. I think that if it is a lot of candidates it will be able to choose the best person who will meet all requirements for the surrogate motherhood program. The main thing in this issue is that woman who wants to become a surrogate mother must have at least one own baby who was born naturally and she must meet all medical norms in order to avoid difficulties during the medical program. And if she is married or singe I guess it is not very important.
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