Surrogate mothers: Tough new rules planned for $2.3 bn industry

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Dr Nayana Patel along with surrogate mothers at Kaival Hospital, Anand. AP Dr Nayana Patel along with surrogate mothers at Kaival Hospital, Anand. AP
SummaryFrom ban on foreigners to cap on pregnancies, DGHS wants crackdown on surrogacy business.

meant gay/lesbian couples could opt for it, but Prasad has suggested a far more narrow band of eligibility in which only married couples qualify.

ICMR deputy director general Dr R S Sharma, who is dealing with the ART Bill, said he had not received Prasad’s suggestions. “He has spoken to me on the issue but his written suggestions will come to me through the department of health research,” Sharma said.

Prasad declined to elaborate on his suggestions but said they were important to regulate the industry. “There is a lot of corruption right now, from the way women are exploited to how the babies are treated by the foreigners who take them. There is a need to make a foolproof law,” he said.

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