Centre Opposes Plea Challenging Provisions of Surrogacy Law

The Hindu | November 8, 2022

Petitioners challenging India’s surrogacy law–including the ban on payment–argue that it violates the right to reproductive autonomy, which they deem a part of the right to privacy guaranteed in the Constitution. But the Indian government opposes any dilution of the law.

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Busan Asian Cinema Fund Recipient ‘Mariam’ Tackles Plight of Migrant Workers, Illegal Surrogacy in India

Naman Ramachandran | Variety | October 5, 2022

A new film, “Mariam,” follows the breadwinner of an Indian migrant family who travels to Mumbai in search of work. The title character takes on an illegal surrogate pregnancy to earn money to support her family.

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SC to Examine Plea Against Provisions of Surrogacy, ART Acts

Ashish Tripathi | Deccan Herald | September 26, 2022

India’s Supreme Court will examine a challenge to the 2021 Surrogacy Act and Assisted Reproduction Act. The petition contends that the ban on commercial surrogacy may result in the exploitation of women within the family under the guise of altruistic surrogacy.

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How a Photo of Khloé Kardashian Reignited Debate on Motherhood, Surrogacy, and Global Inequality

Rohitha Naraharisetty | The Swaddle | September 26, 2022

While international surrogacy makes parenthood possible for some, it also operates within global systems of inequality that leave surrogates with little recognition or power.

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Centre Mandates 3-yr Health Insurance Plan For Surrogate Mother

Priyanka Sharma | Livemint | June 23, 2022

Couples in India who wish to start a family through surrogacy must purchase health insurance for their surrogate to cover pregnancy complications for a period of 36 months after giving birth from an accredited insurance company.

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India Banned Commercial Surrogacy. Now, Parents are Flocking to Georgia, a Rare Nation Where It’s Legal – and Relatively Cheap.

Charu Sudan Kasturi | Business Insider | June 8, 2022

India’s commercial surrogacy ban may be driving intended parents to Georgia, where commercial surrogacy is not only legal but also relatively inexpensive. Georgia’s laws also favor intended parents, because the surrogate has no legal parentage rights to the child.

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Will India’s Surrogacy Ban Drive Childless Couples and Poor Women Underground?

Amrit Dhillon | South China Morning Post | April 16, 2022

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Act outlawed commercial surrogacy in India in December 2021. Though some worry about the emergence of a black market, Dr. Manish Banker argues that the law is fair and protects surrogates and newborns.

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‘Those Who Used Surrogacy Should Lab-Check Their Child’s Genes’

Aastha Atray Banan | Mid-Day | February 6, 2022

India recently passed new Surrogacy and ART Acts, banning commercial surrogacy and germline cell sales, respectively. In this interview, author Pinki Virani acknowledges that the acts will promote a more regulated, less money-oriented fertility industry by eliminating the sale-purchase aspect of sperm and eggs and putting power in the hands of surrogates. On the other hand, Virani believes that there are still risks with IVF and third-party reproduction due to the complexity of sourcing sex cells, fertilization, implantation, and birth. In particular, she urges patients to undergo thorough screening processes to reduce the risk of genetic siblings unknowingly becoming a couple.  

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Assisted Reproduction and Surrogacy Bills Passed by Indian Parliament

Sarah Pritchard | BioNews | December 13, 2021

The Indian Parliament approved legislation to better regulate fertility and surrogacy practices in the country and protect the health of women involved. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2021 aims to maintain a standard of infrastructure, equipment, and personnel at fertility clinics. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2020 proposes increased health insurance coverage to 36 months, prohibits paid surrogacy, and allows divorced or widowed women to have children through surrogacy. Criticism of the bills highlight the lack of inclusion of single parents and LGBTQ+ communities.

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Pandemic Pushing More Women Into Surrogacy?

Priyanka A Chokhani | Times of India | September 2, 2021

When the first wave of COVID-19 cases surged in India, small business owners and laid-off employees pawned their valuables to buy food and repay debts. When the second wave hit, there was nothing left to sell. Many women became egg donors or surrogates to help pay for family expenses. A doctor at one fertility center said, “Inquiries from women wanting to become surrogates have increased up to 10-fold during the pandemic.” Meanwhile, a proposed bill banning commercial surrogacy is under review.

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