Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill

Last Updated: December 20, 2018

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Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill
20 December 2018 Current Affairs:

The Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016. The Bill aimed at banning commercial surrogacy to protect women from exploitation. It also proposed to allow only altruistic surrogacy by infertile Indian couples from a "close relative" only. The Surrogacy Bill was approved by the Cabinet in August 2016. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha in November 2016 and was later referred to a parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare in January 2017.
The Bill stated:
♦ Singles, homosexuals and live-in couples cannot apply for surrogacy
♦ The couples who already have children will also not be allowed to opt for surrogacy
♦ It entitles only Indian citizens to avail of surrogacy, whereas foreigners, NRls and PIOs are not allowed to commission surrogacy in the country
♦ Women within the age group of 23 years to 50 years and men aged between 26 and 55 years will be eligible to go in for surrogacy. The child, thus born, will be deemed to be the legal offspring of the intended couple
♦ A woman can be a surrogate only once in her lifetime


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