Article in magazine led surrogacy warrior to SC
Lawyer Jayashree Wad knew a friend whose relative had a surrogate child. But was unaware that surrogacy is a huge trade in the country until she read an article in a weekly magazine in 2014.
The report made Wad go back to her books on biology, a subject she graduated in before becoming a lawyer. She dug out details on the “flourishing business” in India. After a year-long research, she approached the Supreme Court in 2015 to highlight the pitfalls of the unregulated industry.
“It amounts to sale of motherhood,” the 78-year-old mother of two lawyer-sons said on Thursday. “I read about how women were exploited by a handful of medical experts who controlled it (surrogacy business), which I thought should be stopped. Surrogate moms are not told about the risks.”
Hearing her plea, a top court bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi nudged the government to frame a law.
While the matter was pending before the court and the law was yet to be drafted, the Centre issued notifications that banned import of embryo and disallowed foreigners, NRIs and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) to opt for surrogate children in India.