June 29, 2016
(Al Jazeera) – The Indian Council of Medical Research directive followed the release of draft legislation by India’s health ministry prohibiting foreigners – except those with family origins in India – from employing Indian surrogates. The new law is in its final stages and is expected to be passed soon, outlawing foreign surrogacy with the aim of protecting the rights of surrogate mothers. Facing losses in what was a lucrative trade – India’s surrogacy industry is estimated to be worth around $500m per year – Indian clinics have started moving out to Cambodia, a country with ambiguous surrogacy laws and a visa-on-arrival facility for Indian nationals. More than a dozen Thai and Indian clinics are already operating there.