India is now one of the most popular destinations for international surrogacy, particularly after Thailand has taken steps to shut down the practice following the controversial case of the Australian couple who rejected a twin with special needs. India is now taking steps to regulate the practice further and prevent exploitation of surrogate mothers. The bill will also broaden the scope of who can be a surrogate to encompass unmarried and divorced women.
New Delhi: The new law on surrogacy that's currently being drafted, will bar not just foreigners, but also Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin from availing surrogacy facilities in India. While the draft bill already bars foreigners, the version that will finally be tabled in Parliament will include Non-Resident Indians and PIOs as well. This was said by home ministry officials today following a consultation with the National Commission of Women. Assisted reproductive technology - which includes in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and surrogacy -- is an unregulated sector that brings in Rs. 25 billion a year, much of it from fertility tourism. For at least four years, the government has not managed to bring in a law to regulate the growing sector.The proposed law is another attempt at safeguarding the interests of surrogate mothers and their children from exploitation.