The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill was discussed and passed in Lok Sabha today. This Bill, which regulates surrogacy practice in India, was introduced in Lok Sabha in 2016. It was sent to a Standing Committee for further recommendations in 2017.
The discussion included official amendments made to certain provisions of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill. These include: i) the surrogate mother cannot provide her own gametes for surrogacy ii) the insurance coverage for the surrogate mother will have to be provided for a period of 16 months covering postpartum delivery complications. iii) the appropriate authority will have to grant or reject applications filed by intending couples for ‘certificate of essentiality’ and a ‘certificate of eligibility’ within a period of 90 days.
Some key highlights of the Bill include:
Lok Sabha adjourned after the passage of this Bill.
Rajya Sabha remained adjourned for most of the day.