24 August 2016

India plans surrogacy ban for foreigners, unmarried couples

In this Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, a couple from Britain hold their baby, born on Oct. 17 by a surrogate, in Anand, India.The Indian government hopes to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services in order to protect poor women from exploitation. A new legislation will soon be introduced in Parliament, where the governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party commands a majority in the lower house.
The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.
Only infertile couples who have been married for at least five years could seek a surrogate, who must be a close relative, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.