The bill, introduced by Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan, stipulates the constitution of surrogacy boards at the national and state levels. The couples will not be able to abandon a child produced through surrogacy under any condition.
The Bill proposes to regulate surrogacy in India by establishing National Surrogacy Board at the central level and State Surrogacy Boards and Appropriate Authorities in the State and Union Territories.
Surrogacy Bill passed by Lok Sabha seems impervious to criticisms. Opponents of the ban on commercial surrogacy contend that outright prohibition would push the surrogacy market underground, defeating the regulation’s purpose of protecting surrogate mothers.
"The Centre introduced the surrogacy bill in Lok Sabha in 2016...we will follow the suggestions made in that...we will try to bring an Act, for the first time in India, as said by Geeta Reddy," the minister said.
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on November 21, 2016 and referred to the standing committee by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha in consultation with the Speaker, Lok Sabha on January 12, 2017