Surrogacy in India

Until quite recently India attracted a huge number of family couples from all over the world (of  both traditional or homosexual orientation) who wanted to have their own baby, which was due to very low rates of payments to be made to surrogate mothers and rather liberal legislative base.

Today, if the cost of services provided by surrogate mothers is still on the same level, the active laws are not so liberal any longer, and many couples who launched  surrogacy programs in India have faced grave problems.

According to the new current Indian policy, only heterosexual family couples who have been formally married for at least two years should be entitled to make use of this service. Hence, homosexual couples, single parents, as well as persons being in common-law marriage may not become parents.

However, the major problem faced by a great number of couples following introduction of the new rules turns out to be mandatory acquisition of a special Indian medical visa by potential parents, despite the fact that it used to be enough for citizens of other countries to have a standard tourist visa to take part in the Indian surrogate motherhood program.

Foreigners who started their programs before introduction of the above rules, were relieved from the duty to obtain the new-type visas before July 01, 2013. As a result, many family couples from different countries lacked time to complete all appropriate procedures before the fixed date and could not leave the country together with their children.

Despite the fact that India is among the countries featuring the highest rates of economic development, insanitary conditions prevailing in many populated areas of this country give rise to propagation of a great variety of infection diseases. It’s quite natural that surrogate mothers who commit themselves to carry babies for childless couples represent the areas in India where miserable conditions of life encourage hopeless women to take part in similar programs for scanty earnings.