Policy makers drop legal ban on surrogacy
A proposed ban on the use of surrogate mothers has been scrapped after lawmakers raised objections over the effectiveness of such a move.
Officials had initially included the ban in a draft amendment to the nation’s Law on Population and Family Planning. Yet after a routine review, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the top legislature, removed the provision before approving the final draft.
Other amendments in the approved draft include allowing couples to have two children and extending maternity leave for mothers who abide by the law. The revised law comes into effect on Friday.
The commission already has regulations forbidding the use of surrogate mothers. However, it called for the ban to be written into law to enhance enforcement in tackling those who still offer such services.