In­dia to ban for­eign sur­ro­gate ser­vices

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The In­dian gov­ern­ment has said it plans to ban sur­ro­gate ser­vices for for­eign­ers want­ing ba­bies in a move which will hit a thriv­ing industry.

It says sur­ro­gacy would be avail­able “only for In­dian cou­ples”.

In­dia is called the “sur­ro­gacy hub” of the world, where in­fer­tile cou­ples, in­clud­ing many from over­seas, hire the wombs of lo­cal women to carry their em­bryos through to birth.

But there have been grow­ing con­cerns over what is an un­reg­u­lated busi­ness.

This had prompted a pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court, which last month or­dered the gov­ern­ment to spell out plans for reg­u­lat­ing the industry.

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