On Friday, Jan 21, actress Priyanka Chopra & singer-actor Nick Jonas resorted to media platforms to announce that they had welcomed a baby girl via surrogacy.
“We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family”
Both said in a similar post on a social network site.
Commercial & altruistic surrogacy are both legal in India, yet a bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy was just enacted by the Legislature. Surrogacy in which all the surrogate mother receives no fees, expenditures or pecuniary incentive except medical bills is known as altruistic surrogacy. “Commercial surrogacy” refers to the commercialization of surrogacy services or processes, such as the sale or purchase of a human embryo in exchange for cash or payment to the surrogate mother.
The new Bill proposes some changes to India’s surrogacy process. Surrogacy would only be permitted to Indian husband and wife who have been wedded for at least five years. The bill’s goal is to “allow morally acceptable altruistic surrogacy to purporting infertility problems Indian married couples between the ages of 23-50 years & 26-55 years for males and females, respectively.”
As per the Bill, a female must only be allowed to act as a surrogate mother once, should also be a close family member of the intended parents, and “should be a married woman with her own kid and between the ages of 25-35 years.”
The Bill requires the establishment of surrogacy boards at the state and national levels, as well as the prohibition of intending couples from abandoning such a child under any circumstances.
Surrogacy through supported conception is usually considered in India only for individuals for whom carrying a child to term is physically or psychologically impossible or undesirable, according to ICMR guidelines. A surrogate mother must not be older than 45 years of age. Prior to actually acknowledging a woman as a feasible surrogate for a specific couple’s child, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinic should make sure (and record) that the woman fulfils all of the testable requirements for a successful full pregnancy and delivery.
A surrogate must be of the same generation as the surrogate’s intended mother. Surrogate mothers must register as patients in their own names while carrying a kid who is not biologically related to them. She should specify that she is a surrogate mother when registering and provide all the required info about the biological parents, such as identities, addresses, and so on. A surrogate mother must relinquish all parental responsibilities to the progeny in writing, and vise – versa. It is not admissible to choose a gender.