Commercial surrogacy is a booming industry in India and in recent years ranks of childless foreign couples looking for a low-cost, legally simple route to parenthood have been joined by gay couples and singles.
The measures, circulated to Indian missions abroad in late 2012, which only came to light in the Indian media on Friday, mark the first step to the regulation of "surrogacy tourism" in India.
The rules say foreign couples seeking to enter into a surrogacy arrangement in India must be a "man and woman (who) are duly married and the marriage should be sustained at least two years".
The rule changes, posted on the Indian home ministry's website, were denounced by fertility clinics and gay rights activists as "discriminatory"
"Parenting is everybody's right and now we're withdrawing that right," said Dr Rita Bakshi, who heads the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi.
"These rules are definitely not welcome, definitely restrictive and very discriminatory,"
MBBS, DGO, MD (Obs & Gynae)
Chairperson – IVF Program.
She graduated from Lady Harding Medical College University of Delhi, got Diploma in Obs & Gynae from St. Stephens Hospital and MD (Gynae & Obs) from Safdarjung Hospital.
She is trained in ART (Assisted reproductive Techniques) & IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)
She has more than 23 years of experience and has done more than 2000 assisted conception cycles with high success rates. She is an expert in assisted reproductive procedures like Surrogacy, Laparoscopy hysteroscopy, IUI, IVF, ICSI, Laser hatching, blastocyst culture, freezing of eggs/ embryos
International Fertility Centre
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