Surrogacy Bill useless without ART Bill: Committee to Rajya Sabha

Surrogacy Bill Surrogacy Bill recommended Parliamentary panel Parliamentary Standing Committee Health and Family Welfare Ram Gopal Yadav Bharatiya Janata Party Samajwadi Party news

Surrogacy Bill Surrogacy Bill recommended Parliamentary panel Parliamentary Standing Committee Health and Family Welfare Ram Gopal Yadav Bharatiya Janata Party Samajwadi Party news

To avoid emotional attachment between a child born of surrogacy and the surrogate mother, the Rajya Sabha's Standing Committee on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill has observed that provision of breast milk should be allowed by way of Human Milk Bank services only. The committee, which has raised several issues with the bill, has "strongly" recommended that the Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) Bill be brought forth before it.

According to the committee, a mere enactment of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill would not serve the objective of controlling commercialisation of surrogacy facilities across the country because surrogacy procedures can not be conducted without assisted reproduction techniques. The draft Bill also aims to regulate the process by which surrogacy is commissioned in India and make it "legal and transparent".

While clearing the Bill in August 2016, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that couples who are "medically unfit to have children" can seek help from a close relative, which is called altruistic surrogacy.

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For many years now, India has been a hot destination for foreigners looking for low-priced surrogate mothers, sparking concerns about the exploitation of impoverished Indian women by unscrupulous doctors and middle-men. However, it supported the ban on surrogacy service for foreigners but wanted it to be extended to non-resident Indians, (NRIs), People of Indian origin (PIO) and OCIs.

Also, the committee believes that a close relative acting as a surrogate will tantamount to her exploitation.

"Based on the analysis of the facts...the committee is convinced that the altruistic surrogacy model as proposed in the Bill is based more on moralistic assumptions than on any scientific criteria and all kinds of value judgments have been injected into it in a paternalistic manner".

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The panel wants the category of those eligible for surrogacy to be expanded to include not only heterosexual couples but also widows, single women and live-in couples. It was of the opinion that expecting women to provide reproductive labour for free was "grossly unfair" and exploitative. "The bill is not in consonance with the present day social milieu that we live in and is too narrow in it's approach", the report notes.

The committee also criticized the mandatory five-year waiting period for infertile couples before they could opt for surrogacy as unreasonable, reported DNA. In reality, surrogacy for-profit is banned in Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and most of Australia, while all forms of surrogacy is banned in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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