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Surrogacy Bill Many people have mixed feelings about the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 cleared by the Cabinet. The morality of surrogacy is long settled with no one seriously objecting to the practice any more. There is no difference between ‘altruistic surrogacy’ and ‘commercial surrogacy’ in terms of biology. It is undeniable that ‘commercial surrogacy’ which […]

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Surrogacy Bill

Many people have mixed feelings about the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 cleared by the Cabinet. The morality of surrogacy is long settled with no one seriously objecting to the practice any more. There is no difference between ‘altruistic surrogacy’ and ‘commercial surrogacy’ in terms of biology. It is undeniable that ‘commercial surrogacy’ which involves payment to a woman for carrying someone else’s child is misused in our country. India has become the ‘global hub’ of surrogacy because of availability of women who volunteer to rent their wombs at cheap rates. It is roughly estimated that India’s surrogacy industry is worth $1 billion every year. A blanket ban of ‘commercial surrogacy’ is not the right way to end the exploitation. A woman’s right to free choice is paramount and even sacrosanct. What is needed is not a ban on ‘commercial surrogacy’, but regulation of the practice to provide protection to women from being exploited. Women willing for surrogacy for financial gain and satisfaction of proving a service must have their way. It is nobody’s case that unethical practices that reduce women to ‘saleable commodities’ and make surrogacy a lucrative business should not be checked. A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

It is undeniable that ‘commercial surrogacy’ which involves payment to a woman for carrying someone else’s child is misused in our country. India has become the ‘global hub’ of surrogacy because of availability of women who volunteer to rent their wombs at cheap rates. It is roughly estimated that India’s surrogacy industry is worth $1 billion every year. A blanket ban of ‘commercial surrogacy’ is not the right way to end the exploitation. A woman’s right to free choice is paramount and even sacrosanct. What is needed is not a ban on ‘commercial surrogacy’, but regulation of the practice to provide protection to women from being exploited. Women willing for surrogacy for financial gain and satisfaction of proving a service must have their way. It is nobody’s case that unethical practices that reduce women to ‘saleable commodities’ and make surrogacy a lucrative business should not be checked. A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

India has become the ‘global hub’ of surrogacy because of availability of women who volunteer to rent their wombs at cheap rates. It is roughly estimated that India’s surrogacy industry is worth $1 billion every year. A blanket ban of ‘commercial surrogacy’ is not the right way to end the exploitation. A woman’s right to free choice is paramount and even sacrosanct. What is needed is not a ban on ‘commercial surrogacy’, but regulation of the practice to provide protection to women from being exploited. Women willing for surrogacy for financial gain and satisfaction of proving a service must have their way. It is nobody’s case that unethical practices that reduce women to ‘saleable commodities’ and make surrogacy a lucrative business should not be checked. A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

A woman’s right to free choice is paramount and even sacrosanct. What is needed is not a ban on ‘commercial surrogacy’, but regulation of the practice to provide protection to women from being exploited. Women willing for surrogacy for financial gain and satisfaction of proving a service must have their way. It is nobody’s case that unethical practices that reduce women to ‘saleable commodities’ and make surrogacy a lucrative business should not be checked. A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

It is nobody’s case that unethical practices that reduce women to ‘saleable commodities’ and make surrogacy a lucrative business should not be checked. A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

A statutory mechanism has to be put in place to take sufficient care of the surrogate mother and the surrogate child and their well-being. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj finds virtue in the alignment of the proposed surrogacy law with India’s cultural ethos and comes in for a lot of flak from the liberals for the same. This Bill should not be rushed through the Parliament.

G David Milton

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

Yet another strike

This refers to the news report “Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Strike: Meet with Arun Jaitley done, BMS waits for written response” (FE, Aug 26). It is quite interesting to learn that the BJP which happens to be in power at the centre, is now facing

It is quite interesting to learn that the BJP which happens to be in power at the centre, is now facing music from its own labour arm, viz, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). The said report also reveals that BMS is now awaiting a written assurance to their 12 point charter of demands

The said report also reveals that BMS is now awaiting a written assurance to their 12 point charter of demands post its leadership’s meeting with GoM headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday. However, it may be recalled that various trade unions across the country have been observing a

However, it may be recalled that various trade unions across the country have been observing a nation wide only on September 2 against the govt’s anti-labour policies on successive basis each year. But the moot question is: What is so sacrosanct about this particular date? Does such strike call/s actually go on to serve any real national purpose? Should their astute leadership not discuss all their reasonable demands with the govt by sitting across the table? There is one thing for sure, the entire nation is held to ransom as all the economic activities come to a sudden halt on this day.

But the moot question is: What is so sacrosanct about this particular date? Does such strike call/s actually go on to serve any real national purpose? Should their astute leadership not discuss all their reasonable demands with the govt by sitting across the table? There is one thing for sure, the entire nation is held to ransom as all the economic activities come to a sudden halt on this day.

Should their astute leadership not discuss all their reasonable demands with the govt by sitting across the table? There is one thing for sure, the entire nation is held to ransom as all the economic activities come to a sudden halt on this day.

Kumar Gupt

Panchkula, Haryana

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