The Indian government has passed a bill which bans commercial surrogacy for all Intended Parents who want to enter into a surrogacy arrangement with an Indian Surrogate Mother. The bill will take 10 months to go into effect.
India’s government has passed a bill to ban all commercial surrogacy in the country, allowing only close family relatives to become surrogate mothers. The proposed measure is a blow to the thriving but unregulated rent-a-womb industry that many activists say is exploiting poor women.
The Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 proposes a radical change from imposing a blanket ban on commercial surrogacy to allowing only couples who have been married for 5 years or more to seek such services, and from a close relative only.
Overseas Indians, foreigners, unmarried couples, single parents, live-in partners and gay couples cannot opt for surrogacy. Couples with biological or adopted children are not eligible either.