Only married heterosexual Indian couples will be allowed to use surrogate mothers under proposed new law

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 25 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4669
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. Kathmandu

A bill in India proposing a complete ban on commercial surrogacy and allowing only legally wedded Indian couples to opt for children through surrogacy has been approved by the government in an attempt to curb exploitation of women.

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill seeks a ban on gay people, foreigners (including people of Indian origin), single parents, and live-in partners from having children through a surrogate.

The bill, which was approved by the Indian cabinet and will be discussed in parliament in the …

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