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New Indian visa rules exclude single people and gay couples from child surrogacy

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f475 (Published 24 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f475
  1. Mohuya Chaudhuri
  1. 1New Delhi

Single people and gay couples from outside India will no longer be able to seek a surrogate mother in India after new visa rules were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Only couples who have been married for at least two years and are citizens of countries where surrogacy is legal will now be allowed to look for a woman in India to carry their child.

The government said that the guidelines were tightened to secure the rights of surrogates and of the babies.

Surrogacy is banned in many countries, such as Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United States, parts of Australia, and Canada, meaning that children born to surrogate mothers in India are denied citizenship in those countries. Such babies may be abandoned and raised in orphanages.

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