No surrogacy for foreigners: tough new rules planned

Abantika Ghosh | The Indian Express | 8 August 2013

According to CII figures,surrogacy is a $ 2.3 billion industry in the country.

The directorate general of health services (DGHS) has proposed that the option of surrogacy should be available only to married,infertile couples of Indian origin.

The suggestions forwarded by DGHS Dr Jagdish Prasad to the department of health research rule out surrogacy options for foreigners,unless they are married to a person of Indian origin. The suggestions also say that a woman may become a surrogate mother only once in her lifetime.

The health ministry,which is engaged in a tussle with the Planning Commission on NGO consultations over a law to regulate the “infertility” industry,has circulated a cabinet note on the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Bill. The DGHS is an arm of the ministry.

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