Friday, May 14, 2010

Draft Bill for surrogacy in India update

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A day after reports said that twins born through surrogacy in Mumbai were denied entry to Israel, the country of their gay father, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) officials said they would make public the draft bill on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) soon to prevent such controversies.

The bill will address issues related to surrogacy and foreign couples. It will be put up on the ICMR website next week, for the public to review.

It proposes that it will be mandatory for foreign couples to provide a letter from their respective embassy or foreign ministry offices that their country recognises surrogacy and that babies born in India through surrogacy will be granted citizenship. Also, it will be mandatory for foreign couples to hire a local guardian in India to take care of the surrogate mother and the child or children till it is handed over to the commissioning parents.

The twins born to a surrogate mother in Mumbai have been denied permission to enter their father Dan Goldberg’s country. A family court refused a legal order to conduct a paternity test in Israel, saying it is outside its jurisdiction.

A source close to the gay father said, “The judge is orthodox and has not accepted Goldberg and his partner as a couple, and hence denied permission to allow a paternity test (a prerequisite for the children’s naturalisation as Israeli citizens) in Israeli medical centres.”

The source added, “Goldberg can appeal to the upper court to allow paternity test

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