The New Draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

PGMED NEWS : The New Draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

Commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed countries, including Australia, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand. Now the new bill has banned it in India too.But the bill allows altruistic surrogacy, where women (near relative) can legally carry someone else’s child if no money (other than medical cost and insurance), favor or coercion is involved.Under the proposed law, only infertile Indian couples who have been married for at least 5 years can opt for surrogacy, while those who already have a child cannot do so. The Bill has penalty provisions for those violating the law, when it comes into effect. The penalties include a huge monetary fine (10 lakh), and imprisonment (10 years) and even striking down the name from medical register. The medical records will have to be kept for 5 years and not 2 years, by the doctor