Fertility clinics set to come under the scanner

IVF consultant Dr Sunita Tandulwadkar, however, pointed out that fertility clinics without genetic laboratories could not pre-determine the sex of the child by examining the embryo.

The state may consider introducing such a Bill in the Assembly once the expert panel submits its findings on formulating surrogacy-related laws.

The state will formally request the Centre to expedite the process of tabling the draft Bill in Parliament, which has been pending since 2010. Issues pertaining to public health fall under the concurrent list of the Constitution, allowing Maharashtra to initiate steps to enact a law. "Since a surrogate mother is under risk to deliver someone else's baby, there is a need for regulating the costs attached to the pregnancies and even safety of the woman," Benjamin added.

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