Understanding Commercial Surrogacy: The Pact Between Barren and Broke

By Sasthibrata Panda & Sanskar Jain
Commercial surrogacy is, an agreement between intended couples and a surrogate mother, which is currently legal in India. The objective of the paper is to support the practice of commercial surrogacy and criticizes the draconian provisions of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019, which intends to prohibit commercial surrogacy. It argues that because commercial surrogacy paves the way to give a genetically related child to the infertile couples in return for consideration to the poor surrogate mother for her service. The paper resolves the conflict of parenthood and talks about the certainty of parenthood with the help of surrogacy contract within the purview of intention based and genetic relation based arguments.