Amidst adjournments and sloganeering Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. The bill permits surrogacy for couples who cannot conceive.
Here are 10 highlights from the bill:
- Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a couple commissions a surrogate mother to carry their child.
- Other than medical expenses no payment can be made to the surrogate mother.
- The couple intending to go for surrogacy must be Indian citizens having married for five years.
- Taking up surrogacy for a fee, advertising or exploiting the surrogate mother is punishable with imprisonment for 10 years and fine up to Rs 10 lakh.
- Surrogacy is permitted only for couples who cannot conceive a child.
- The surrogate must be a close relative of the couple. Though, the term ‘close relative’ is not clearly defined.
- The child born from surrogacy will be deemed to be the biological child of the intending couple.
- Both the surrogate mother and the intending couple need eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority.
- For an abortion besides complying with Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, the consent of surrogate mother and approval of appropriate authority is also required.
- The intending couple has no say in the consent of abortion.