Some single unmarried women today are opting for motherhood. Nearly two decades ago, Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen made news when she chose to become a single mother by adopting a girl at the age of 25, and her second 10 years later. And now, Ekta Kapoor has also welcomed a baby boy via surrogacy.
Most single gay men pursue what is known as gestational surrogacy: the surrogate is implanted with a fertilized embryo taken from a separate egg donor. The surrogate is not genetically related to the child.
A statement issued by the Press Information Bureau said: “The proposed legislation ensures effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy to the needy Indian infertile couples.”
The panel also spoke out against altruistic surrogacy, where a surrogate mother agrees to gestate without being compensated monetarily in any way. The committee also found "no point" in restricting NRIs, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) card holders from availing surrogacy services in India.
The legislation proposes to regulate surrogacy in India, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow ethical surrogacy to needy infertile Indian couples. Under this bill, homosexuals, single parents, and live in couples are also not entitled for surrogacy.