Commercial surrogacy is a booming industry in India, and in recent years the ranks of childless foreign couples looking for a low-cost, legally simple route to parenthood have been joined by gay couples and singles. 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,"
Gay rights campaigners also denounced the changes to the rules on surrogacy, which was legalized in 2002.
The home ministry would not comment on the changes which stipulate that would-be parents provide proof that their home country will give citizenship to any baby born of a surrogate mother.
Clinic owners deny ill-treatment of mothers, saying it is in their interest to treat the women well in order for them to have healthy babies,
The cost of surrogacy is about $18,000 to $30,000 in India, said Dr Rita Bakshi, of which around $8,000 goes to the surrogate mother. The figure is roughly a third of the US price.
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
IFC is a super speciallized centre with state-of-the-
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