Parliamentary Committee Recommends Surrogacy for Homosexuals
11 Aug, 2017
New Delhi, Staff Report
The parliamentary standing committee on health, evaluating the surrogacy bill, has called the proposed legislation “too narrow” in its approach while deciding eligibility. Criticising the government for prohibiting homosexuals, single parents, and live-in couples from commissioning surrogacy, the committee suggested the department of health research broaden the eligibility criteria keeping in view the present day social milieu.
“The committee observes that limiting the option to avail surrogacy facilities to an Indian heterosexual married couple to have their own biological child has overlooked a large section of the society,” the committee, headed by Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav, said.
Last year in August, India had unveiled a draft law to ban commercial surrogacy, deciding to block foreigners, people of Indian origin, single parents and homosexuals from having children through the rent-a-womb service.
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, who made the announcement at a press conference, linked the law to Indian ethos.
“We do not recognise live-in and homosexual relationships….this is against our ethos,” Swaraj said after the Union cabinet cleared the bill to regulate the industry, estimated at more than Rs 3,000 crore annually.