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India to ban commercial surrogacy

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Commercial surrogacy, made legal in India in 2002 and popular among foreign couples, has provided a large source of income for some Indian women.
Commercial surrogacy, made legal in India in 2002 and popular among foreign couples, has provided a large source of income for some Indian women. AFP PHOTO/Sam Panthaky

India is on course to ban commercial surrogacy and foreigners and non-resident-Indians from hiring surrogates in the country. Once approved, there will be a complete ban on commercial surrogacy but altruistic surrogacy will be permitted for infertile couples under strict regulations.But will it work? The growing number of in-vitro fertilization - or IVF- clinics, the absence of a regulatory framework, and the availability of poor women willing to rent out their wombs has made India an attractive option for foreigners seeking a surrogate child. Medical experts fear that implementing the law will be difficult considering the money riding on this flourishing industry. Correspondent Murali Krishnan has this report.

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