India bans surrogacy for foreign LGBT couples

Indian surrogate mothers waiting at a clinic

Indian surrogate mothers wait to be seen at a clinic. Photo: Solanki/AP


India has banned foreign single parents and LGBT couples from seeking surrogate mothers in the country. What is known as “commercial surrogacy” has been a thriving part of India’s economy. But, in an act to try and lower “surrogacy tourism,” as it’s called, India has put into place a rule, posted on the home ministry’s website, that states if people want to come to India to have a surrogate child, they must be a “man and woman (who) are duly married and the marriage should be sustained at least two years.”

This rule change has caused fertility clinics and gay rights activists to claim the regulation is “discriminatory.”

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