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K. Kannan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082880.001.0001

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Assisted Reproduction

Assisted Reproduction

(p.338) 6 Assisted Reproduction
Medicine and the Law

K. Kannan

Oxford University Press

As a technique of reproduction, the IVF procedure enables doctors to play god to help couples in procreation of children — not merely infertile heterosexual couples, but same sex couples as well. Surrogacy is an off shoot of this medical procedure. India has been a favoured destination even for foreign couples desiring children, not merely because of the relatively lower costs of procuring children through surrogate motherhood but also on account of the absence of legal regulation for adopting IVF procedures. The IMC has issued regulations for IVF procedures but with growing complaints of exploitation of women in India and with court responses to commercial exploitation of surrogacy being ad hoc and unsatisfactory, we are moving towards the prospect of parliamentary legislation to stem the rot.

Keywords:   IVF procedure, test tube baby, surrogacy, medical tourism, Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2008 or ART Bill

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