New Delhi: Speaking after the surrogacy bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar highlighted the need for changes in the bill, pointing out that the current bill has no provision for same sex couples, which was legalised recently. She also pointed out the need to train clinics to prevent malpractice and also stop the trend of “fashion surrogacy”, like by some filmstars, because they don’t want their “figure to be destroyed”.
“We will stand by these women who are suffering. Till today, society looks down upon women who can’t bear children.”
She also proposed including provisions to include Indian couples living abroad in the bill and also consider the LGBT community. She called for a public debate on the surrogacy bill.
The bill aims to regulate the commissioning of surrogacy to prevent exploitation of women, especially those in rural areas and completely ban commercial surrogacy. It aims to ensure that parentage of children born out of surrogacy is “legal and transparent”.
Only Indian couples who were legally married can have children through surrogacy if at least one of have fertility issues, as per the bill. It also allows for surrogacy only for altruistic reasons and disallows exchange of money.
Nadda introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, saying it’s a historic day and that all parties wanted commercial surrogacy to be stopped to prevent exploitation of women.