Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Law on surrogacy limits use of a donor’s sperm

A day after deciding to ban commercial surrogacy, the Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it was finalizing a legislation to allow surrogacy only to childless Indian couples and address the finer points, including parental rights over surrogate child, linked to the sensitive issue. 

Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar informed a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N V Ramana about the government's decision to restrain foreign couples from using Indian surrogate mothers for having a child and requested for two weeks' time to file an affidavit detailing the notifications issued on this issue. 

Immediately after the hearing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) wrote to all registered medical practitioners informing that the government has decided to limit surrogacy to "Indian married couples only and not to foreigners" and requested them "not to entertain any foreigners for availing surrogacy services in India". 

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