|No more tourist visa for commissioning surrogacy in India
Foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy will not be allowed to come on a tourist visa from Friday with the Home Ministry ordering strict adherence of surrogacy laws.
In an order, the Home Ministry said several instances of foreign nationals visiting India on tourist visa for commissioning surrogacy have been reported and no such relaxation would be allowed after November 1.
|Surrogacy on the rise in North India
Sunita (30) is expecting twins in a week’s time. But they are not hers. Sunita is a surrogate mother for a childless aged couple. An illiterate woman earning a meagre Rs.100-Rs.150 per day at a garments factory in neighbouring Gurgaon, Sunita came to know about surrogacy through a ration shop owner in her locality and readily agreed to bear a child in return for money.
|Centre plan: Surrogacy for all Women’s wing wants the term ‘couple’ redefined
New Delhi: The Union women and child development ministry has proposed that the health ministry allow surrogacy to everyone, including unmarried couples and those in live-in relationships.
In its comments on the proposed Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2013, the ministry has opined that the health ministry’s definition of ‘couple’ is narrow. The WCD wants the definition of “couple to include everyone who wants to avail ARTs and surrogacy, irrespective of marriage”.
| Government to introduce landmark bill on surrogacy in Cabinet
New Delhi: Women in India cannot act as surrogates for more than three successful births, including of their own children, and it would be mandatory for surrogate mothers to have a minimum two-year interval between two deliveries to ensure they remain healthy. These landmark provisions are part of the proposed draft Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Bill which the government plans to bring to the Cabinet before introducing in Parliament for passage.”
| In India, a rise in surrogate births for West
NEW DELHI – When 24-year-old Komal Kapoor handed over the twins she had just borne to a visiting American couple last month, she said she felt “something like sadness.” But that lasted just a few minutes. “In my head I kept saying, ‘These are not my children, these are not my children,’ ” recalled Kapoor, a surrogate mother who lives in a New Delhi slum. After delivering what she called two “very beautiful, fair-skinned, black-haired babies” for the couple, she signed a document relinquishing all rights to the infants in return for a little over $8,000 — more than 12 times her annual earnings as a garment worker”
| Govt set to allow visas to singles too for surrogacy
Easing the surrogacy norms for foreigners, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has proposed that besides married couples, individuals — whether male or female — should also be allowed visas for the purpose. The current law allows only married couples to apply for visas on this ground. However, foreign nationals will have to obtain medical visas for the purpose of surrogacy. They cannot use tourist visas."The new rules will, however, continue to bar gay or lesbian couples from hiring surrogate mothers in India"....
|Surrogacy helps couple become parents after 13 years
RAIPUR: Amanpreet and Deepak (name changed) were childless even after 13 years of marriage. But thanks to a surrogate mother and the IVF technique, the couple are now the proud parents of twins.Examination using a laparoscope showed that Amanpreet had medical complications and was unable to conceive. Dr Neeraj, an IVF expert here, who examined Amanpreet advised her to go in for a test tube baby, with egg donation from a donor and surrogacy....
|Womb trade relations
Across the world, in San Antonio, US, middle-aged couple Lisa and Brian Switzer have sold their home and risked their savings on a medical tourism firm that once promised them an affordable solution after seven years of infertility. Hiring an Indian surrogate like Khan is their only chance of experiencing parenthood, they say.Infertile couples in the US pay up to $100,000 for a domestic surrogate mother to carry and deliver their child. The same procedure costs them roughly $25,000 in India (includes clinic charges, lawyer's bills, travel and lodging, and the surrogate's fee), often raising questions of exploitation....
|Winnipeg family wants changes to surrogacy laws
A Winnipeg couple whose twin sons were born with the help of a surrogate is urging the Manitoba government to change its laws surrounding surrogacy.Lisa Seel says she and her husband still have not been recognized as the parents of Kai and Keenan, who were born on Dec. 24."My husband and I have been through a lot to try and have these babies, and we finally have them," Seel told CBC News.....
|Are US media finally discovering the exploitation in India surrogacy?
Finally the scandal of Premila Vaghela, who died in an Ahmedabad IVF clinic last year, is surfacing in the American media (see the BioEdge story). CBS News reports that hundreds of poor women as surrogate mothers are being exploited to service clients desperate for a child.Commercial surrogacy is spreading to nearby Kazakhstan, according to the English-language Tengri News. According to a 2011 law, a healthy woman under 35 with at least one child of her own may become a surrogate mother. She must hand the child over the commissioning couple. About 60 women in the major city, Almaty, where there are 10 IVF clinics, take home surrogate babies annually....
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| Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Debate swirls around overseas surrogacy
Victor and Mary Hui-Wee, who were having no luck with adoption after they were unable to conceive a child, had all but given up on welcoming a newborn into their lives after 22 years of marriage. That changed when the Kalamazoo, Mich., couple hired a foreign surrogate to bear their child.They chose a woman in India, paying less than half the cost for the same service stateside. Fourteen months ago, they welcomed home their son, Connor....
|Kalamazoo Gazette - Kalamazoo Couple Travels to India for Surrogate
At 49 and 43, they have entered a season of life when many parents are watching their children graduate high school. But the Hui-Wee family, of Kalamazoo, is joyfully celebrating the arrival of their first child, Connor, born last in December. “Connor is such a blessing – he’s a wonderful baby,” Mary said, spilling tears as she described her son. “He’s teething now and it’s just amazing to watch him grow.”The couple traveled quite the twisted road to become Connor’s parents. Three failed Invitro Fertilization treatments set the couple back $45,000 and took a huge emotional toll.....
|ABC World News - More Americans Now Traveling to India for Surrogate Pregnancy
Victor and Mary Hui-Wee tried for more than 20 years to have a child, testing the limits of medical science. They attempted in-vitro fertilization at least three times, with no success and $45,000 in medical bills.After finding it difficult to adopt in the U.S. because of their age (she is 43, he is 48) , the couple left their home in Kalamazoo, Mich. and traveled half way around the world to India. The couple joined a growing number of Americans who are hiring Indian women to be surrogate mothers to their babies....
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