Sunday, 9 November 2014

Indian Authorities Pass the Ball in the Australian’s Court; Ask for Clarifications on Surrogacy row

The Indo-Australian surrogate debate has taken a new turn. The Indian government has stated that the Indian government has stated that it is up to the Australian government to decide on the fate of Australian couples seeking surrogacy treatments in India.

The statement goes back to the unfortunate incident in 2012 when a couple left a baby behind in India. From then, many Australian couples have been denied visas, and confusion is showing no signs of slowing down.

As per the rules, Indian authorities require an official letter from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with the clarification that the newborn surrogate child will not be denied entry in Australia.

Surrogacy advocates say a number of Australian couples have had their visa applications rejected in
Indian authorities require Australian couples to provide a letter from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) that stipulates that any child born to an Indian surrogate mother will be permitted entry into Australia. But, the letters issued by the Australian administration fails to clarify their stand.   

So, Indian authorities have no other option than passing the ball to the Australia‘s court. It should be further added that Indian government is already on the verge of surfacing regulatory measures for the surrogacy industry.

It is estimated that 200 surrogate babies were born for Australian couples in 2013.


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