Proposed ban on foreigners using Indian surrogacy services sparks protests

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5854
  1. Sally Howard
  1. 1London

India has signalled that it will ban foreign nationals from seeking surrogacy services in India.

In an affidavit presented to the Supreme Court in Delhi on 28 October the solicitor general, Ranjit Kumar, gave a clear indication that India’s Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill—due to be finalised on 15 November and presented in parliament in 2016—will be stringent in its restrictions.

“The scope of commercial surrogacy [in the forthcoming bill] will be limited to Indian married infertile couples only and not to the foreigners,” Kumar said.

In recent years India, with its high quality medical technology, light regulation, …

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