Expert Panel Discussion States that Cabinet Bill on Surrogacy Violates Reproductive Rights

The government-approved Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 has been criticized on multiple controversial points by industry experts. The Bill proposes a complete ban on commercial surrogacy, restricts altruistic surrogacy to legaly wedded infertile Indian couples married for at least five years and prohibits foreigners, unmarried couples, single parents and gay couples from commissioning surrogacy. The panel experts strongly claimed that the State has no right to interfere in the very private domain of the right to reproductive autonomy. In a bid to protect women from exploitation, the Bill violates the rights of people wanting to have a family by making the option practically unfeasible.

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