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After debate, Lok Sabha passes Bill to regulate assisted reproductive technology

The Bill seeks to regulate and supervise assisted reproductive technology clinics and banks, prevent misuse of the technology, and promote ethical practice of the services.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: December 2, 2021 3:27:36 am
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings in the House during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (LSTV/PTI)

Lok Sabha Wednesday passed by voice vote the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021, after a detailed discussion among all parties in the House — a first during this Winter Session.

The Bill seeks to regulate and supervise assisted reproductive technology clinics and banks, prevent misuse of the technology, and promote ethical practice of the services.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who introduced the Bill, also moved several amendments based on recommendations made by a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

“Many such ART clinics have been running in the country without regulation. A need was felt for regulation of such clinics,” Mandaviya said. “This bill is meant for those who aspire to parenthood. It is for the women to attain motherhood if they so desire.”

“You talked about LGBT… Dr Kolhe ji also mentioned that LGBT should also get benefits of the same. Obviously a single woman can take benefit of this… there is no problem,” Mandaviya said in his reply to the debate.

He said the national board and the state board shall be the same as the one proposed in the Surrogacy Bill, which is pending in Rajya Sabha. “Suggestions of the Standing Committee have been incorporated through official amendments. Other suggestions will be included during framing of rules,” he said.

Opposition parties like the Congress, TMC and others opposed the Bill. Revolutionary Socialist Party MP from Kollam, NK Premachandran, contended that the Bill cannot be taken up for consideration since it draws its powers from the Surrogacy Bill which is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Later, Speaker Om Birla said there is no hurdle in passing the Bill in Lok Sabha now as it has already passed the Surrogacy Bill. He said the ART Bill would come into effect only after the Surrogacy Bill is passed eventually.

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