Commercial surrogacy has been legal in India since 2002, however, Karan Johar might be among the last few single Indians who could commission surrogacy within the legal ambit.
The surrogacy bill pending Parliament nod will soon put an end to rent-a-womb for homosexual couples,people in live-in relationships and single individuals.
Here’s everything you need to know about THE SURROGACY BILL
The surrogacy Bill was passed by the Union Cabinet in August 2016. It was subsequently introduced to the Lok Sabha in December 2016.
The bill will be further discussed and debated by a parliamentary committee. It is likely that changes will be introduced after discussions with the medical fraternity and civil society.
WHAT ARE SOME KEY FEATURES
- Complete ban on commercial surrogacy to protect women from exploitation and ensure the rights of children born through surrogacy are secure.
- The bill only allows altruistic surrogacy, – needy infertile couples under strict regulations.
- Only Indian citizens can avail of surrogacy, foreigners, NRI’s , Homosexuals, PIO,single parents and live in couples cannot commission surrogacy.
- Couple who already have children cannot opt for surrogacy.
- Women can act as surrogates only once and should be between 25 – 35 years of age.
- The surrogate woman shall not be paid anything, barring from medical expenses.
While the bill has faced significant backlash from various societies and groups, we’re going to wait and watch the final verdict!