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Draft Surrogacy Bill 2016: Here's all you need to know

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 August 2016, 16:29 IST

The Union Cabinet on 24 August cleared the new draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 which aims to safeguard the rights of surrogate mothers and make parentage of such children legal.

Here's all you need to know about the Bill:

  • The new draft bill bans commercial surrogacy but allows altruistic surrogacy, where women can legally carry someone else's child if no money (other than medical cost and insurance), favour or coercion is involved.

  • Speaking about the Bill, External Affairs minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said that single parents, homosexual couples, couples in live-in relationships will not be allowed altruistic surrogacy. "You can say it (allowing surrogacy for homosexual couples) is looking forward and we can say this doesn't go with our ethos," added Swaraj.

  • "If you have a biological child or an adopted child altruistic surrogacy won't be allowed," said Swaraj.

  • The Bill also makes it illegal for any foreign national to seek surrogate mothers in India.

  • "Altruistic surrogacy will only be allowed for Indian citizens, not NRIs or OCI card holders," said the EAM.

  • A national regulator will be set up to oversee clinics that offer surrogate services.

  • Indian couples with proven infertility will be allowed to take help of surrogate mothers.

First published: 24 August 2016, 16:29 IST