Parliament passes Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill

Parliament passes Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill

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Parliament of India Lok Sabha
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Parliament passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill. Last week, the Rajya Sabha passed the bill after amendments, and returned it to the Lok Sabha on December 14.

The bill aims to constitute a National Surrogacy Board and state surrogacy boards, and appoint appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy.

It was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019, and transmitted to the Rajya Sabha for its concurrence. The Rajya Sabha sent the bill to the select committee for further deliberation.

The 228th report of the Law Commission had recommended that the government should enact a legislation to ensure that there is only restrictive surrogacy in the country and commercial surrogacy is banned.

According to the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill, only Indian couples who have been legally married for at least five years would be allowed to opt for surrogacy.

The bill seeks to “allow ethical altruistic surrogacy to the intending infertile Indian married couple between the age of 23-50 years and 26-55 years for female and male, respectively”.

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