More articles about the Surrogacy Bill in Indian media recently with conflicting information.
So which is it?
What is missing from this debate? A voice for the consumers of surrogacy services, the commissioning parents, who fund this billion dollar industry. There is no-one to represent the rights of the customer. No-one to arbitrate on our behalf when things get dodgy, no-one to penalise clinics and agencies that do the wrong thing by the customer - in the words of the Democrats, the now-defunct "third" political party in Australian politics, there is no-one to "keep the bastards honest". We are piggie in the middle between womens' rights groups who regard us as exploiters of poor Indian women and the agencies and clinics which too often treat us as walking ATMs with deep pockets. Who represents the commissioning parent? Can you imagine if we were given options for family creation in our own countries ... a mass walk-out would very quickly smarten up those who take advantage of the IP ... but that's not about to happen. They have us by the short and curlies, and they know it.