Cabinet Approved Amendments in Surrogacy Bill, 2016

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The Union Cabinet has approved proposal for moving official amendments in Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. Once the Bill is enacted by Parliament, National Surrogacy Board (NSB) will be constituted at central level. The States/UTs will constitute State Surrogacy Boards (SSBs) and State Appropriat Authorities within 3 months of notification by Central Government.

National Surrogacy Board at the central level, State Surrogacy Boards and appropriate authorities in the states and union territories will be established in order to regulate the surrogacy.  16 months of extended insurance coverage for surrogate mothers to cover all complications will be offered and a clause to prevent exploitation of the surrogate mother has been added .

Features of Surrogacy Bill, 2016 : 

  • Only for couples who cannot conceive a child can avail the benefit of surrogacy.  In case of any other medical conditions which could prevent a woman from giving birth to a child, this procedure isn’t allowed.
  • The intending couple needs to fulfil the requirement in order to commission surrogacy.  
  • The surrogate mother and the intending couple need eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority
  • The surrogate mother must be a ‘close relative’ of the intending couple. .
  • For an abortion, in addition to complying with the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, the approval of the appropriate authority and the consent of the surrogate mother is required.