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RS to discuss surrogacy, transgender rights; LS to take pollution issue

The Lok Sabha is taking up the issue of Air pollution and climate change as the Air quality in Delhi NCR region entered the “very poor” category.

The discussion was initiated on November 19 under the Rule 193. 

Earlier today, the upper house was adjourned till 12 noon over Congress’ ruckus on electoral bond issue.

Let’s have a look at the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019
 

Bill defines surrogacy as a practice where a woman gives birth to a child for an intending couple with the intention to hand over the child after the birth to the intending couple. Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy, but allows altruistic surrogacy

– Altruistic surrogacy involves no monetary compensation to the surrogate mother other than the medical expenses and insurance coverage during the pregnancy

– Surrogacy for intending couples who suffer from proven infertility

– intending couple SHOULD BE Indian citizens and married for at least five years

– WIFE’S AGE SHOULD BE FROM 23 to 50 years

– HUSBAND’S AGE SHOULD BE FROM 26 to 55 years

– COUPLE SHOULD not have any surviving child

– child born out of a surrogacy procedure will be deemed to be the biological child of the intending couple. 

– has to be a close relative of the intending couple

– MUST BE a married woman having a child of her own

– MUST BE 25 to 35 years old

– CAN BE surrogate only once in her lifetime

– Surrogacy clinics cannot undertake surrogacy related procedures unless they are registered by the appropriate authority

– central & state govt shall constitute National Surrogacy Board (NSB) and the State Surrogacy Boards (SSB) 

Offences under the Bill include

– undertaking or advertising commercial surrogacy

-exploiting the surrogate mother

– abandoning, exploiting or disowning a surrogate child

–  selling or importing human embryo or gametes for surrogacy
 

PENALTY
Penalty for such offences is imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine up to 10 lakh rupees

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