Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 - 10 Important Points
Important points about the Surrogacy Bill.
① Union cabinet gave its approval for introduction of the "Surrogacy (Regulation) Bi11, 2015" on 24th August, 2016. Once it will become an act, it will ban commercial surrogacy in India.
② The Bill will regulate surrogacy in India by establishing National surrogacy Board at the central level and state surrogacy Boards and Appropriate Authorities in the state and Union Territories.
③ The legislation will ensure effective regulation of surrogacy banning commercial surrogacy. It will ethical surrogacy to the needy infertile couples.
④ According to the Bill, only Indian couples, who have been married for at least 5 years can opt for surrogacy, provided at least one of them have been proven to have fertility-related issues.
⑤ It also prohibits sale and purchase of human embryo and gametes.
⑥ The rights of surrogate mother and children born out of surrogacy will be protected. The surrogate child will have the same rights of as that of a biological child.
⑦ The Bill shall apply to whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
⑧ A woman can become a surrogate mother only for altruistic purpose and under no circumstances she will be paid for it, although payment can be made towards medical expenses.
⑨ The bill is silent about the regulatory structure neither it talks about any new posts to be created.
⑩ Under the new bill, the clinics will have to maintain records of surrogacy for 25 years.