New Delhi, Dec 19: The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 was passed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda introduced the bill, saying it’s a historic day and that all parties wanted commercial surrogacy to be stopped to prevent exploitation of women.
“Today Lok Sabha has today passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016. This protects the dignity of women, economic exploitation and also protects the interest of the surrogate children who are abandoned. The Bill has been a demand from all sections of society”, he told media.
The Surrogacy bill permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive.
The surrogate mother and the intending couple should have eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority.
As per the bill, the surrogate mother must be a ‘close relative’ of the couple.
It also provides for the constitution of a National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy.