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Cabinet nod to surrogacy bill: 'willing' woman to be surrogate mother

Feb 26, 2020 19:14 IST

The Cabinet has approved the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2020, which allows any ‘willing’ woman to be a surrogate mother and proposes that widows and divorced women can also benefit from its provisions, besides infertile Indian couples. The bill incorporates all recommendations made by a Rajya Sabha select committee, which studied an earlier version of the draft legislation, and is aimed at banning commercial surrogacy and allowing altruistic surrogacy. The amended bill is reformed version of the draft legislation which was passed by Lok Sabha in August 2019 but its provisions, including that only a close relative of a couple can be a surrogate mother, had invited criticism.

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