Draft Bill proposes mandatory surrogacy cover

Anirudh Laskar, Sneha Shah | LiveMint | 4 April 2011

Mumbai: Indian surrogate mothers may soon be covered by mandatory life cover. Proposed legislation will require the intended parents to get life insurance cover for surrogates. Some life insurers are open to supporting this and informally a few have already started offering such cover.

A surrogate mother is one who bears a child for parents unable to reproduce on their own for various reasons, including infertility.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) specialist Nayna Patel, who runs the biggest surrogacy centre in the country called Akanksha in Anand, Gujarat, has entered into a deal with Max New York Life Insurance Co. Ltd for special life insurance cover.

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