A report in a respected Indian newspaper earlier this year claimed the city of Hyderabad has at least 250 clinics that claim to offer IVF but only 11 of which were voluntarily registered with the authorities.
Dr Sharma said: “Nobody could have envisaged the sharp increase in Indian surrogacy for foreigners and we accept this will not slow down, but in fact get more popular.”
Dr Sharma has chaired a committee which has drawn up proposals for industry standard. It would guarantee safety standards for the first time, outlaw sex selection, forbid women capable of childbirth making use of surrogacy and set up the first register of clinics, with a regime of inspections and sanctions for those which fail them.
There\’s a very important question here. Why regulate?
A doctor at another leading clinic was willing to tell The Sunday Telegraph of what he said was a disturbing trend of couples who have babies through surrogacy because the woman does not want the stress of childbearing.
Dr Anoop Gupta, director of Delhi IVF and Fertility Centre, refuses to offer such treatments, but spoke out of concern that others in the unregulated fertility industry do.
“These women have the ability to conceive naturally, but for various reasons turn to IVF,” he said. “I do not encourage such people because mentally they are not good or fit. They are capable of giving birth, but the woman is worried about her figure or her career. We have come across several couples like this.
“I do not entertain these wealthy women who want to buy into a remarkable medical procedure and have babies through these means, even though they are able to carry babies themselves.”
As everyone involved seems to be engaged in entirely voluntary exchange, what is the reason to regulate?
I\’m afraid that I really, really, do not understand.
We have here in the UK a set of laws, with a very large lobby behind it, that insists that a woman who is pregnant can scoop out that baby and dispose of it whenever she likes for whatever reason she likes. I believe the situation in India over abortion is similar.
So why, as long as the entire process is indeed voluntary on all sides, should there be rules and regulations about how the baby ended up in that womb in the first place?
Adultery, marriage, sperm bottled or draught, paid, not paid, surrogate, whose eggs: what damn business is it of politics?
Other than, you know, what would politicians do all day if it wasn\’t extend their power over voluntary transactions?