Pol­icy makers drop le­gal ban on sur­ro­gacy

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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