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Cabinet approves bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy, Sushma Swaraj slams celebrities for misusing practice

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday condemned the misuse of altruistic surrogacy saying 'what was started for convenience has become a luxury' today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2016 10:49 am
surrogacy bill, ban on commercial surrogacy, surrogacy, sushma swaraj, latest news, surrogacy news “It also prohibits Single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples to opt for altruistic surrogacy,” said Swaraj.(Express File Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday condemned the misuse of altruistic surrogacy saying ‘what was started for convenience has become a luxury’ today.

Addressing a press conference after the Union Cabinet gave its approval for introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, Swaraj said that the Bill comes as India has emerged as a surrogacy hub for couples and incidents reported on unethical practices

The minister said that the Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows ethical surrogacy to needy infertile couples. “It also prohibits Single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples to opt for altruistic surrogacy,” said Swaraj.

Swaraj lashed out at celebrities for opting for surrogacy saying it has become a trend. “Big celebrities who not only have one but two children, a son and a daughter, even then they went ahead with surrogacy,” said the minister.

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On a question for allowing surrogacy for homosexual couples, Swaraj said, “You can say it is looking forward and we can say this doesn’t go with our ethos.”

According to the Health Ministry proposal, the draft Surrogacy Bill, 2016 aims at regulating commissioning of surrogacy in the country in a proper manner.

Official sources said the Cabinet gave its green signal to the Bill to be introduced in Parliament.

A Group of Ministers (GoM) had recently cleared the bill and had referred it to the Union Cabinet for a final call.

The GoM was constituted at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Apart from Health Minister J P Nadda, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among those part of the GoM.

The government had recently admitted that in the absence of a statutory mechanism to control commissioning of surrogacy at present, there have been cases of pregnancies by way of surrogacy, including in rural and tribal areas, leading to possible exploitation of women by unscrupulous elements.

The bill was to be taken up by the Union Cabinet on April 27, but it was dropped from the agenda at the last moment.

To prevent exploitation of women, especially those in rural and tribal areas, the government has prohibited foreigners from commissioning surrogacy in the country and has drafted this comprehensive legislation, the sources said.

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The government had recently said in Parliament that provisions are being made in the draft Bill to make parentage of children born out of surrogacy “legal and transparent”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Daphne Hart
    Jul 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    I am really not a fan of surrogacy. Whilst I can understand want of an infertile couple to have their own, so why not just adopt instead? I realize these days it is very difficult to adopt but governments should be doing more to encourage adoption. And make it easier for people to adopt. At least with an adoption, you get some scrutiny of the prospective parents and the child gets access to information about their biological family. My colleague with husband use surrogate service in one of Ukrainian clinic. They weren't stop work while surrogate program. As she told they have paid not a big sum of money for mul ude attempts. And get service on a high level. They had local surrogate, who is sort of intelligent woman. But I hardly believe in it. I mean their baby is healthy and looked normal. But Ukraine is a third world country. More and more in internet appears truth about surrogates in India. So I suppose situation in Ukraine is no better. It is my personal opinion.
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      Rorie
      Jan 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm
      Recently a very close friend left me a lengthy voice mail after she returned from her honeymoon. In a whirlwind year she had finally met the world’s most amazing man and married him in a surprise ceremony after a storybook nine month courtship. She breathlessly recounted the events of the honeymoon and then got right down to business. “We want to have a baby,” she said. I should also mention that like me, my friend is in her mid-forties. She’s an educated, technology-savvy professional. I immediately realized that our next conversation would be a difficult one. To my surprise she came to me prepared. There weren’t any talks about regrets about childless lifestyle or illusion. She wanted to consult with me about reproductive center to choose. After fundamental research we stop on Ukraine. As all procedures works on legal basis plus we found clinic with the most controversial reviews biotex in Kiev. They traveled to Ukraine to have a consultation. They attended three clinics but only in one it was for free. Appears that is the most scandalous clinic offers the best service. So with husband they sign contract on surrogacy all-inclusive package. Now they are expecting baby
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        Karagarajan
        Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm
        BJP itself is a surrogate govt of the illuminati.
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          Maniktripathy
          Aug 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm
          India changing...Yeah sure it shows....Amazing oversight...
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            Sanjeev
            Aug 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm
            Foolish bill.Brought by the Christian missionaries and supported by the saffron brigade.Now childless couples will go to Nepal.Just for one or two cases you bring a new law.
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