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Doctors and campaigners oppose India’s proposed surrogacy law

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l68

Professional medical bodies and women’s health advocates have decried a bill passed by India’s lower house of parliament that will prohibit commercial surrogacy services and allow only close relatives to offer altruistic surrogacy.

The Federation of the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) have drafted notes to convey their concerns and ask the government to redraft the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill passed on 20 December. Members of Sama, a resource group for women and health that has campaigned for over a decade for the regulation of surrogacy services, have said that, in its current form, …

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