The government’s new definition of a surrogate mother is a woman genetically related to the “intending couple” (who will require an official certificate to use a surrogate), married with a child of her own, aged 25 to 35 years and can be a surrogate only once in her lifetime, reports IndiaSpend.com

The article summarized the details of the new surrogacy bill. Single parents, same-sex couples, divorced or widowed persons, transgender persons, live-in partners and foreign nationals are all banned from using a surrogate mother.

Surrogacy under the law is permitted only for “intending couples” with proven infertility. All IPs should be Indian citizens, married for at least five years and without a child by any means. The woman should be 23 to 50 years old and the man 26 to 55 years.

The bill defines a surrogate mother as “a close relative”, genetically related to the “intending couple”. The surrogate must be a married woman with a child of her own, aged between 25 and 35 years and can be a surrogate only once in her lifetime.
 
 

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