Surrogacy Debate

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A woman bearing somebody else’s baby for money is a very heart-wrenching and a dramatic tale for the emotionally charged Indian people. I feel that the popularity of surrogacy is an important reason for calling the previous Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016.

The most pertinent issue involved in surrogacy is that it is just a normal pregnancy (which is a physiological process) plus/minus sexual intercourse and there is no real need to make such a hue and cry over it. Exploitation sounds very fancy when associated with something as dramatic as surrogacy, with commercial as a prefix, but I totally agree with Dalia Bhattacharjee’s take on this issue (“Commercial Surrogacy in India: Bans, ‘Altruism’ and the Women Involved,” EPW, 2 April 2016).

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