Blanket Ban Likely on NRIs, PIOs, Foreigners Opting For Surrogacy

Blanket ban likely to be imposed soon on NRIs, PIOs and foreigners having children through surrogacy in India.

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 Health Ministry and NCW have drafted a bill banning NRIs, PIOs, and foreigners opting for surrogacy. (Photo: iStock)

A blanket ban may be imposed soon on NRIs, PIOs (Persons of Indian Origins) and foreigners having children through surrogacy in India with the Health Ministry and National Commission for Women (NCW) proposing it as part of a new legislation on Thursday.

The Health Ministry, which had drafted a bill to deal with issues relating to surrogacy, has also agreed to suggestions by the NCW to make legal provisions to allow single women, including divorcees and widows to become surrogate mothers, besides setting up of a regulatory body.

At a national consultation on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, the NCW and Health Ministry were in agreement that there should be a blanket ban.

NCW Chairperson Lalita Kumaramangalam said Health Ministry has decided to finalise the bill on surrogacy-related issues by 15 November.

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