Govt bans im­port of frozen hu­man em­bryos for com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HINDUSTANTIMES - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The gov­ern­ment has banned the im­port of hu­man em­bryo for the pur­pose of com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy against the back­drop of con­cerns that In­dia has be­come an in­ter­na­tional hub for the prac­tice .

Amend­ing its 2013 no­ti­fi­ca­tion, which has been chal­lenged in the Supreme Court, the com­merce and industry min­istry is­sued a fresh or­der on Oc­to­ber 27 that al­lows the im­port of em­bryos only for re­search.

The de­ci­sion is likely to af­fect the sur­ro­gacy busi­ness in In­dia, which the gov­ern­ment has ad­mit­ted is thriv­ing in the ab­sence of a law to reg­u­late or con­tain it.

In an af­fi­davit filed in the Supreme Court, the health and fam­ily wel­fare min­istry took a def­i­nite stand against com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy and said it had com­mu­ni­cated its views to the com­merce min­istry, which then is­sued the fresh no­ti­fi­ca­tion on the ban.

Af­ter the new no­ti­fi­ca­tion, there is no pos­si­bil­ity of any­one ob­tain­ing a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate from the In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR) for im­port­ing em­bryos for com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy.

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