‘Regressive’: India passes bill prohibiting commercial surrogacy and people are displeased
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the bill prohibiting commercial surrogacy and people are extremely displeased. The bill was introduced in 2016 and it has been given a go-ahead 2 years later.
Health Minister JP Nadda said the bill aimed to ban commercial surrogacy but also aimed to save families by allowing them to have children via modern scientific means.
The bill says 'only close relative would be surrogate mother', yet it does not clarify what relatives: B Mahtab, BJD, while speaking on The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 pic.twitter.com/o0zYIQtVDV
— Lok Sabha TV (@loksabhatv) December 19, 2018
The decision has caused a storm on social media with people condemning and protesting against the decision.
‘It’s a regressive bill. Government has no business to decide how one chooses to bear a child. It’s a ray of hope for many couples who cannot naturally conceive. Shame the Lok Sabha has passed it’
It's a regressive Bill. Government has no business to decide how one chooses to bear a child. It's a ray of hope for many couples who cannot naturally conceive. Shame the Lok Sabha has passed it. #surrogacy https://t.co/SWqfdZapO6
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) December 19, 2018
‘Wait, so, if I’m single/ homosexual/living in with my partner/an orphan/ have no obliging relatives, I don’t deserve to have a child?’
Wait , So , if im
single/ homosexual/ living in with my partner/an orphan/ have no obliging relatives
— Sonia Shenoy (@_soniashenoy) December 20, 2018
‘This is kind of an alternate way to abandon the system’
I think the new #Surrogacybill lackcpracticality. One need to be relative to be eligible as the mother. Seriously? How many family in India have such relatives? This is kind a alternate way to abandon the system.
— Soumya Mukherjee (@soumya3014) December 20, 2018
‘Another regressive policy and law in our country’
Another regressive policy n law in our country.,…Surrogacy Bill Passed In Lok Sabha, Bars Couples Who Can Conceive, only 'close relative' can carry. Marriage compulsory https://t.co/XLewkqEvAu
— anjilee istwal (@anjileeistwal) December 20, 2018
‘Blanket ban on commercial surrogacy will only encourage illegal surrogacy’
— Sunil Raj (@sunilraj1968) December 20, 2018
‘Poor bill from BJP’
@supriya_sule worst ammendment is surrogacy bill , what about the single parents and how one can prove infertifilty and what is the case when someone is not mentally fit or fear from getting pregnant that led her to depression and they want to go for surrogacy.Poor bill from bjp
— गौरव राणा (@rana__gaurav) December 20, 2018