Driving the demand for Indian surrogates amongst infertile couples in industrialised nations, are thecountry’s unique advantages as a low-cost surrogacy destination, its lax laws, mushrooming AssistedReproductive Techniques (ART) clinics and the easy availability of surrogate mothers.The Bill has incorporated several landmark stipulations. For instance, no surrogate mother shall undergoembryo transfer more than three times for the same couple. If a surrogate mother is married, theconsent of her spouse is mandatory. Only Indian citizens can be considered for surrogacy. No ART bankor clinic can send an Indian citizen for surrogacy abroad. Strict confidentiality has to be maintainedabout the donor's identity. Dr Gautam Allahbadia, medical director, The Rotunda Centre for Human Reproduction in Mumbai, hastold the bill regulates the industry, but also makes it easier for legitimate surrogacy arrangements.
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"Surrogacy will be easiest to do in India," he said.
"Once it becomes law, there will be absolutely no legal tangles. A couple can take their baby away with abirth certificate that will carry the genetic parents' names, so all these rules, guidelines once theybecome a law, means that everything will become very easy."
Most Indian IVF clinics also have a strong Internet presence which helps them attract overseas patientswho have to grapple with long waiting periods for such treatments, especially in the West.Apart from a sizeable spurt in the demand for Indian surrogate babies from overseas wannabe parents,there’s plenty of domestic demand as well as India is home to 14% of the world’s estimated 80 millioninfertile couples.
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According to estimates, Indian clinics charge patients between US$10,000 and US$28,000 (RM30,400and RM85,120) for the complete package including fertilisation, the surrogate’s fee and delivery of the