Ban on Surrogacy for Single Parents?

  • A new bill has been passed by Lok Sabha putting a ban on surrogacy for single parents, homosexuals and live-in couples.
  • The new bill allows only infertile couples, married for more than five years to opt for altruistic surrogacy.
  • Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows altruistic surrogacy, the process of getting another woman to bear your child if no charges or monetary incentives are involved, except for medical expenses and insurance.
  • The new bill also provides for a new layer of government certification and regulation.
  • Surrogacy is permitted for intending couples with proven infertility. They should be Indian citizens, married for at least five years and without a child, whether biological, adopted or surrogate.
  • The woman should be between 23 years to 50 years of age and the man 26 years to 55 years of age.