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India IVF Bill May Stop Gay Surrogacy.

In Human Rights, India on April 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

First they build a surrogacy industry, and as the money that starts pouring in, problems do too.  Then, and only then does the Indian government wake up to the concept of needing laws. Utterly backasswards…but yeh hai life!

A number of gay couples are hiring surrogate mothers in India to bear children. That may soon end.

R.S. Sharma, the secretary of the committee writing a bill to govern assisted reproductive technology (ART), told the Herald that unless gay and lesbian relationships are legalised in India, gay couples would be excluded from hiring surrogates. (Full post at Sydney Morning Herald)

The bill might also require foreign countries to guarantee citizenship to the child born through surrogate mothers before surrogacy begins. This following an earlier controversy involving a heterosexual German couple because Germany does not recognize surrogacy.

Meanwhile, the Indian Government’s website lists these ‘advantages’ for surrogacy in India.

The cost of Infertility treatments in India is almost 1/4th of that in developed nations. The availability of modern assisted reproductive techniques, such as IVF, and a full range of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services have made India the first choice for infertility treatments.

In the name of the fathers ... John Allen-Drury, left, and his partner, Darren, nurse their son, Noah, who was born in India using a surrogate mother. Photo: Graham Crouch

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