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Surrogacy Laws Strand French Gay Father Of Twins Born Through Indian Surrogate.

In Human Rights, India on June 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Pic at Time.com. Link to article is in story below.

A few weeks ago an Israeli gay father of twins was left stranded in Mumbai with his babies because Israel does not recognize surrogacy. That story ended well after Israel relented and let him back in.

Today it’s a French father of twins in the same dire situation.

Meanwhile Time.com reports: A draft bill to direct assisted reproductive technology (ART) is likely to be introduced this year in Parliament. The new legislation will beef up surrogacy guidelines authored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that have often gone unheeded by the few hundred Indian fertility clinics accustomed to writing their own rules. Among them is the Akanksha Infertility Clinic in the town of Anand, in the western state of Gujarat, where the Balazes found themselves. “We are lost when there are no laws,” says Akanksha medical director Dr. Nayna Patel, who has become the face of the industry abroad since being spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007. “But the people drafting the bill have to remember to take care of the clinics too.”

The Indian surrogacy business is predicted to generate $2.3 billion annually. We’ll be watching closely how the government plans to balance ethics and commerce since legalizing the practice in 2002 without any laws governing it.

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