External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that single parents, homosexual couples and live-in partners will not be allowed to have children through surrogacy. Speaking about the details of the draft bill on surrogacy, the minister said that altruistic surrogacy will only be allowed for Indian citizens, not NRIs or OCI card holders. “Single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples will not be allowed altruistic surrogacy. Altruistic surrogacy will only be allowed for Indian citizens, not NRIs or OCI card holders,” said Swaraj speaking to media.
Swaraj said that bill has been produced to avoid commercialisation and unethical practices going on in the name of surrogacy. She also said that India has become a surrogacy hub over some time and many incident of malpractices are being reported. Swaraj said that clause of not allowing homosexuals and single parents has been added to avoid the different treatment in kids during their upbringing. “This decided so that theres no different treatment for the 2 kids while they’re being raised, or later to avoid fights over property,” Swaraj told the media.
Besides this, the couples who already have a biological or an adopted child will not be allowed to have a second child through altruistic surrogacy.
The union cabinet today cleared a draft bill which aims to regulate surrogacy and safeguard surrogate mothers. As per earlier reports, the proposal was listed as an agenda item of the Cabinet. The new Surrogacy Bill, 2016 aims to regulate commissioning surrogacy in India and also make parentage of such children legal.