Surrogacy Regulation Bill in India

As per the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2021 in India, surrogacy is a process in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another person or couple, who is usually referred to as the intended parent(s). The bill regulates surrogacy services in India and lays down conditions for eligibility, rights and responsibilities of parties involved, and measures for the protection of women who serve as surrogates.

Under this bill, surrogacy is restricted to only “altruistic surrogacy” i.e., a close relative who volunteers to be a surrogate without any financial gain. Commercial surrogacy is banned in India, and penalties have been proposed for violation of the provisions of the bill. The bill aims to ensure the welfare of surrogate mothers and children born through surrogacy, and to regulate the surrogacy industry in India.