Surrogacy Bill Will Ban Singles from Being Parents (Download PDF)

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Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 passed by the Union Cabinet in August last year bans single men, women and gay couples from opting for surrogacy. Indian citizens to have a surrogate child will allow in The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 in India. Non-resident Indians or People of Indian Origin card-holders will not be allowed to take recourse to a surrogate mother in India.

The major objectives

  • The Bill is to regulate surrogacy services in the country.
  • Provide altruistic ethical surrogacy to the needy infertile Indian couples.
  • Prohibit commercial surrogacy including sale and purchase of human embryo and gametes.
  • Prevent commercialization of surrogacy.
  • Prohibit potential exploitation of surrogate mothers and protect the rights of children born through surrogacy.

Eligibility criteria for surrogate mother

Eligibility Criteria for Surrogate Mother

Feature of the bill

The Feature of the Bill

Regulation of surrogacy:

  • The Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy, but allows altruistic surrogacy.
  • Altruistic surrogacy involves no monetary compensation to the surrogate mother other than the medical expenses and insurance coverage during the pregnancy.
  • Commercial surrogacy includes surrogacy or its related procedures undertaken for a monetary benefit or reward (in cash or kind) exceeding the basic medical expenses and insurance coverage.

Offences and penalties:

The Offences and Penalties

These offences will attract a minimum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to 10 lakh rupees.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 19, 2017


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