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India: Visa regulations block gay surrogacy to foreigners

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  1. Locus Solus 18 Jan 2013, 2:31pm

    Ahh India, the Asda value range of the surrogacy world.

  2. Staircase2 18 Jan 2013, 6:07pm

    That’s shockingly racist

  3. This article should research what really is on the ICMR Bill 2010. See below: I. Page 29, Chapter VII RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF PATIENTS, DONORS, SURROGATES AND CHILDREN, Section 32, clearly states that: (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations made thereunder, assisted reproductive technology shall be available to all persons including single persons, married couples and unmarried couples. (2) In case assisted reproductive technology is used by a married or unmarried couple, there must be informed consent from both the parties.

  4. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 20 Jan 2013, 4:43am

    It is just a bill and not law!

    Bills to become law or Statute of the land have to pass both houses of Congress (for example the House of Representatives and the Senate) and get signed into law by the President!

  5. Surrogacy laws are in its infancy worldwide. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in most western countries but allowed in India. Child born outside the US needs to meet special requirements before he/she can immigrate to the US. The innocent IVF children are placed in a “no man’s land of laws”. What is their fault? If their legal recognition is in limbo, then what about protection of their basic human rights and child rights? Where are the laws for the entire IVF ecosystem? What about protecting the rights of the donors, surrogates and most importantly the IVF child? There has to be an open discussion on protecting RIGHTS of ALL. There are 8 different ways to assign parenthood through IVF. There is ONLY ONE way to assign parenthood through a natural birth. Why are we trying to fit a square peg in a round hole? Have all 8 different scenarios been considered when drafting laws for assigning parenthood for an IVF child?

  6. Janine Oakman 23 Jan 2013, 6:26pm

    The new Visa requirements contradict the ICMR bill and therefore the major Surrogacy Clinics in India are petitioning to have them retracted, but this may take some time. For now all those single/ gay/ married-under-2-years are on hold and may be for a while.
    It is discriminatory and utterly unfair to be excluded based on your sexuality and/or marital status.
    There are still options for single/gay surrogacy elsewhere that are less expensive than the US, but India is a great loss as a surrogacy destination. Especially for the clinics who offer fair and ethical payment to their donors and surrogates.

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