Parliamentary Panel Says ART Not Appropriate For Live-in or Same Sex Couples

Bindu Shajan Perappadan | The Hindu | March 20, 2021

In India, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare issued a report recommending that the 2020 version of the Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) Bill exclude unmarried and same-sex couples from use of ART, arguing that would be in the best interest of the children born through those services. The Committee also suggested that the government make IVF more accessible to poor communities by opening ART facilities at every medical institute and premier hospital. The report notes the urgent need for regulation and monitoring to prevent uncontrolled commercialization of the ART industry in India.

Read the full article here ->

Fertility Clinic Booked for Cheating in Hyderabad

TelanganaToday | September 3, 2020

Universal Srushti Fertility Hospital faces charges for allegedly cheating a couple, PV Sathyanarayana and his wife Sulakshna Rani, who were engaged in a surrogacy agreement. The Hyderabad-based clinic assured the couple they could pick up their child in June, accepting significant payments in advance. Well after the delivery date, the clinic claimed that the surrogate mother had contracted COVID-19 and died, stating that they would start the process with a new surrogate. The couple filed a complaint after they learned that two doctors in charge of the hospital were arrested on child trafficking charges.

Read the full article here ->

Kolkata: For Single Dad, It’s Two for Joy as he Meets Newborns After Nearly Two Months

By Tamaghna Banerjee | The Times of India | May 30, 2020

Abhishek Paul, a young single father from Kolkata living in Salt Lake City, Iowa, finally got to meet his newborn twins 57 days after they were born to a surrogate in Delhi. Due to the COVID lockdown and then cyclone Amphan, Paul was not able to travel to Delhi until May 29. The babies remained at the hospital’s child care center, cared for by the staff, who sent daily videos to Paul until he arrived to pick up his sons.

Read the full article >

Gujarat: Babies Stuck in Surrogacy Hub, Parents Wait for Travel Nod

By Aditi Raja | The Indian Express | May 5, 2020

Among those stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown are more than a dozen newborns in Gujarat, India. This article highlights the Akanksha Infertility Centre, one of the biggest surrogacy facilities in the country, and how they have been dealing with the impact of the travel restrictions. According to the article, some of the babies have been waiting for more than a month for their biological parents to take them home. Staff and the NICU doctor are caring for them in the meantime.

Read the full article >

India Poised To Restrict Surrogate Pregnancies – Analysis

By Neeta Lal | EurasiaReview | October 27, 2019

India is poised to pass a bill that will outlaw commercial surrogacy and impose restrictions on altruistic surrogacy that exclude single people and same-sex couples. This comprehensive article breaks down the perspectives offered by both supporters and critics of the bill.

Read the full article >

Delhi: Surrogate Hides Health Information, Dies Bearing Twins

By Durgesh Nandan Jha | The Times of India | September 30, 2019

A tragic case in India illustrates why many medical practitioners hope the Surrogacy Regulation Bill will ultimately become law. Union health minister describes regulating surrogacy as “the need of the hour” and estimates that between 2,000 and 3,000 surrogacy clinics are operating illegally in the country currently.

Read the full article >