India’s new laws land heavy on fertility Inc.
- It’s a step in the right direction, but many fear that surrogacy and ART laws could push the segment underground
- For medical practitioners and clinics, the laws impose fines of ₹5-10 lakh and imprisonment of 5-10 years in case they engage in commercial surrogacy, among other offences
NEW DELHI : On 15 January 2014, 26-year-old Yuma Sherpa was enrolled at an IVF (in-vitro fertilization) clinic in Delhi. After finding her medically fit, she was administered injections to stimulate the release of oocytes (immature eggs). On 29 January, at 5 pm, Sherpa was wheeled into the operation theatre for egg retrieval procedure that lasted 15 minutes. There were no signs of bleeding, and she was shifted to the recovery room. Sherpa’s vitals were found satisfactory and the discharge report was ready. She was asked to visit the next day for a follow-up.