India, Scam, Surrogacy

India – Fake surrogacy scam busted: 5-member gang arrested, 11 children rescued, 18 more to be tracked in Karnataka

Source Newsable

The Bengaluru’s South Division Police managed to bust a well-networked five-member gang that was running a surrogacy racket and cheated childless couples.

The gang involving five members consists of two women and three men. According to reports, two of them are working as a nurse and one as a compounder at a private hospital.

Seeing the desperation among childless couples, the gang members used to look for gullible ones and then track them from fertility centers and source their contacts and later used to give them offers.

Meanwhile, some from the team used to scout for poor and helpless families that are willing to sell their newborn and little old babies.

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India, Surrogacy

India – A Controversial Ban on Commercial Surrogacy Could Leave Women in India With Even Fewer Choices

Source Time com

It’s nearly noon when Pinky Macwan wakes up and rubs her eyes, shifting uncomfortably. She’s in her second trimester of pregnancy with twins and finds herself constantly sluggish. Still in her floral nightgown, she walks down the fluorescent-lit hallway and splashes cold water on her face in the bathroom she shares with 46 other women, all surrogates at various stages of pregnancy. It’s late February, and Macwan has spent the past four months living in the basement of the Akanksha Hospital in bustling Anand, a town in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Home to the headquarters of the major dairy cooperative Amul, Anand has long been known as the milk capital of India. But booming business at Akanksha has also garnered the town another label: India’s baby factory.

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Employee Benefits, India, Surrogacy

India – ‘Can’t Deny Maternity Leave To Surrogate Mothers, To Distinguish Is Insulting Womanhood’: Himachal Pradesh HC

Source The Logical Indian

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday, March 4, ruled that a woman employee cannot be refused maternity leave even if she becomes a mother through surrogacy.

Image Credits: The Times of India

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday, March 4, ruled that a woman employee cannot be refused maternity leave even if she becomes a mother through surrogacy.

A division bench consisting of justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and justice Sandeep Sharma issued the order on the petition filed by a woman language teacher employed on contract in Kullu district.

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COVID-19, India, Surrogacy

India – COVID-19 lockdown: NRI couple still waiting to meet baby born through surrogacy

Source Mathrubhumi

Varappuzha: A mother’s long wait carrying the dreams of two strangers in her womb has come to an end finally. But the little baby girl is still waiting for her parents having no clue when they will be able to come back. Unfortunately, the restrictions made as part of the coronavirus prevention came in the way of a family’s dream.

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India to bring new Surrogacy Bill allowing widows and divorced women to be a surrogate mothers

Source PGURUS

India has come up with a new Surrogacy Bill 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 Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Feb 26 approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2020 approving all suggestions of the Parliament’s Selection Committee.

The bill incorporates all recommendations made by a Rajya Sabha selection committee, which studied an earlier version of the draft legislation, and is aimed at banning commercial surrogacy and allowing altruistic surrogacy, said Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani briefing media about the new details of the bill.

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India’s move to ban commercial surrogacy sends industry into panic

Source Strait Times

On Aug 5, the Lower House of Parliament passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill to ban commercial surrogacy, allowing only altruistic surrogacy and, even then, by only a blood relation.PHOTO: ST FILE

Ms Geeta Parmal built a house with the money she was paid for her first surrogate pregnancy, and the 31-year-old plans to pay off a house loan and move her own two children from a government school to a private one with the money she will be paid for the second surrogate child she is currently carrying.

However, Ms Parmal, who comes from a poor family in the western Indian state of Gujarat, is wondering what will happen to the second surrogate child she is carrying, with the government moving ahead to ban commercial surrogacy.

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India, Surrogacy

India – A Lawyer Tells Us All We Need To Know About The Surrogacy Bill

Source Inuth

As the nation debated the implications of diluting Article 370, Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill. Though the Supreme Court declared surrogacy to be legal in 2002, it has remained unregulated. The practice picked up in the 1990s when foreigners started coming to India.

According to Gargi Mishra, a gender rights lawyer with Sama Resource Group for Women and Health,

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India – Ekta Kapoor is a Mom to a Baby Boy Via Surrogacy

Source Fit

Ekta Kapoor, the giant of Television Entertainment, is a mom to a baby boy. Following in her brother Tushar Kapoor’s footsteps, she welcomed the baby via a surrogate, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Tushar Kapoor’s son Lakshya was born in 2017. Other members of the film fraternity who have welcomed children via surrogacy include Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Lisa Ray, Sunny Leone among others.

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India – Couples ready to challenge Surrogacy Bill

Source New Indian Express

BENGALURU: Couples who had pinned hopes on surrogacy as an option to become parents are now planning to go to court to challenge the newly passed Surrogacy Bill. The bill says only legally married couples who have been medically proven infertile can opt for surrogacy. It bans commercial surrogacy, and allows only “altruistic surrogacy”.“The bill basically has tried to ensure that people trying to misuse surrogacy commercially should be curbed. But the Bill has many loopholes which has to be addressed, otherwise many couples will lose their chance of being parents,” said Dr B Ramesh, IVF and infertility specialist.

Meanwhile, Sarika N A and Govind Bhat, software professionals who have been married for six years, and who were thinking of surrogacy as an option have now decided to talk to associations concerned to take the matter legally.“We had almost finalised on this process with our doctor and now we are shocked with this bill. It is ridiculous. How can government interfere into someone’s personal choices? Which relative would agree to bear the whole of pregnancy? We will definitely go to court against this and also explore other options,” said Sarika.

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India, Surrogacy Benefits

India – BMC leave for mom-through-surrogacy

Source DNA India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in a pioneering move, has decided to grant special maternity leave to an employee who became a mother via surrogacy.

In line with the state government’s circular from the General Administration Department dated November 9, 2016, it is binding on the civic body to grant special leave of 180 days for woman employees to take care of their children born from surrogacy. The decision was implemented from January 2016.

Though the employee was eligible for leave, her application was rejected because she didn’t apply in advance, which is mandatory for special leave. She applied again on 7th March 2018 and the civic administration requested BMC’s General Assembly to sanction the leave on humanitarian grounds.

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Fertility over 50, India

Asia – Motherhood in 50s is not impossible anymore

Source Asian Age

Medical advances have given career-oriented, independent women the choice to delay their pregnancy successively.

New Delhi: Wanting to be a mother again or even for the first time at an age when generally women have hit menopause (after turning 50) has become a possibility, with better chances and more success rates.

On one hand, medical advances have given career-oriented, independent women the choice to delay their pregnancy successively; while on the other, women can choose to have a second or third child at the age.

There are women who may have gotten married late or those who want to have children in second marriages; some were too busy to pursue a career as well as also those who simply wanted to have a second child, but after a long break, planned a late pregnancy.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Embracing surrogacy

Source Asian Age

Lisa Ray recently introduced her twin daughters to the world and has been as open about her journey towards motherhood, as she was about her battle against cancer. With a large number of celebrities conceiving their children via surrogacy, it seems to have become a trend. Bollywood stars like Shahrukh and Gauri Khan, Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder, Sohail and Seema Khan are no strangers to this procedure. Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cristiano Ronaldo also adopted the method. We find out what makes surrogacy so desirable.

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India – Compensatory surrogacy, a new concept

Source Deccan Chronicle

Hyderabad: Compensatory surrogacy, and not altruistic surrogacy, was recommended by the Telangana infertility specialists in their discussion and debate at the conference of Indian Fertility Society’s Telangana Chapter on Sunday.

The central government, in its amendment of Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016, has stated that commercial surrogacy is prohibited and there must be a 16-month insurance coverage provided by the commissioning parents to the surrogate to deal with medical complications. The Founder of IFS, Dr Kuldeep Jain, explained, “Altruistic surrogacy is not possible as, with nuclear families and with near and dear ones not being in the same city, it is not found to be possible. There is only 1 per cent chance for this type of surrogacy as only someone who is really very concerned, free and can do it selflessly for the couple will come forward.”

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Fertility over 50, India, IVF

UK – ‘I had given up hope anyone would call me Mummy’: Woman, 58, gives birth to son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she was ‘too old for treatment in the UK’

Source Daily Mail

A 58-year-old woman has given birth to a son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she’d been denied treatment in the UK.

Carolyne Hess forked out for the ’embryo adoption’ procedure abroad after the NHS and private clinics at home turned her down for being too old, The Mirror reports.

The single mother gave birth to her son Javed in November after three donor embryos fertilised by a sperm donor were implanted into her womb at the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi in March last year.

She said her eggs came from a 21-year-old Indian woman who liked dancing and her sperm donor was a 6ft tall white American man who worked in IT. 

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India – Once the go-to place for surrogacy, India tightens control over its baby industry

Source PRI

Outside of a maternity ward, a young man and woman are bent over a phone. A few minutes ago, a nurse beckoned them over and ushered them in through a closed door. They came back out smiling. On the phone is the photo of a newborn baby girl. She’s in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; these are her parents in the waiting area, and her birth mother, or gestational carrier, is in the ward, getting some much-needed sleep.

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India – Committee to keep watch on surrogacy centres

Source The Hindu

In an attempt to wipe out unauthorised surrogacy centres, the State government on Monday constituted a committee that will keep a check on all surrogacy centres.

The move follows a complaint by a woman named Shubhangi Bhostekar with the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in April this year. She said her husband, Prakash, a father of two girls, wanted a son, and so he went to a surrogate centre at a private hospital with his mother, claimed he was single and went ahead with the surrogacy.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Source MamaMia

Barry Du Bois knew his children were his the precise moment they were created. He saw it, felt it. It was a hot morning in Mumbai, India, when the former builder was permitted into the hospital laboratory to watch his sperm being implanted into a donor egg.

As he writes in his new book Life Force, “I was there, watching, when I saw the cell, the single cell of one of my children go… blip… into two cells. I saw that happen with my own eyes. I was there for the creation of life.

“I knew this was the time. I knew they were my children, right there and then.”

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India, Infertility

India – Infertility and the related worries

Source The Hans India

Nowadays, infertility is on a rise in both men and women. Studies say that one out of every seven couples in the world is unable to have a child. Dr Shruti Malvi, Director of Kbpn Malvi Hospital in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, has been extensively working on the problem of infertility. She gives us an insight into the world of infertility and the myths behind it.

The processes of ovulation and fertilisation need to happen correctly to get pregnant. Sometimes the issues that cause infertility in couples are present at birth, and sometimes they develop later in life. Dr Shruti defines Infertility as the failure to achieve clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

India – What If the Surrogate Mother Dies ? : Sonali Kusum

Source ET Healthworld

The recently proposed Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 emphasizes on controlling exploitation of surrogate mother but lacks adequate maternal health safeguards for surrogate mother. Surrogate pregnancy like any other pregnancy not only carries the risk of maternal mortality but involves aggravated health risks including negative drug reaction or allergies, nausea and vomiting, stomach pains and swelling, shortness of breath, faintness, ovarian hyper stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) (hyper stimulation) which may be life-threatening following hormonal treatment, in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique for facilitating conception in surrogate mother.

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breastfeeding, India, Surrogacy, surrogate children

What about breast feeding for children born of surrogacy? : Sonali Kusum

Source Healthworld

The Surrogacy Bill 2016 and the recent Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( MSCPCR) is silent on the fundamental right of child, that every infant including surrogate child born of surrogacy has right to breast feeding or similar substitutes in the interest of early growth, survival and development of child.

The Surrogacy Bill 2016 and the recent Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( MSCPCR) is silent on the fundamental right of child, that every infant including surrogate child born of surrogacy has right to breast feeding or similar substitutes in the interest of early growth, survival and development of child. The MSCPCR issued guidelines this month on regulation of surrogacy for protection of interest of child born of surrogacy, the surrogate mother and to check any malpractices but the commission guidelines does not address the same. Considering the commission is a specialized body constituted under CPCR Act 2005 with the specific mandate to promote the best interest of child through its recommendations following review of existing legislations, policy, such oversight by commission is a glaring omission.

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