Initiating the debate on the provisions of the Bill, Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda said that the Bill was brought after the Law Commission recommended prohibiting the practice of commercial surrogacy.
"Even NGOs and the civil society were of the opinion that commercial surrogacy must be stopped. Exploitation of surrogate mothers was also an issue. The government decided to come out with the Bill keeping the Indian ethos in mind so that exploitation of surrogate mothers could be stopped," he said.
Calling it a historical Bill, Nadda sought support from all parties to help in passing the Bill.
She also demanded to stop surrogacy for those who use it in order to keep their bodies in shape.
"We must vehemently stop fashion surrogacy that is taking place in our country. I don't want to take names, but there are film stars and relatives of film stars who are using surrogate mothers only because they don't want their figure to be destroyed. This type of fashion surrogacy must be stopped," she said.
Ghosh, a doctor by profession, also sought that the 56 days embryonic period that counts from the day of fertilisation be replaced by any number of days that the baby is given in the mother's womb.
"Without having an IVF laboratory, without having a test tube baby, we cannot have a surrogate. Therefore, these two Bills should have been brought together," she said.
During the discussion, many of the participants including Bhratruhari Mahtab of the Biju Janata Dal, raised objections that the Bill does not define the term "close relative" as mentioned in the Bill for the surrogate mother.
The Bill permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive.
Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby an intending couple commissions a surrogate mother to carry their child.
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