Wednesday, October 28, 2015

'Rent-a-Womb' Surrogacy Faces Ban in India

'Rent-a-Womb' Surrogacy Faces Ban in India

India's government will ban foreigners from using surrogate mothers in the country, a move likely to hit the booming commercial surrogacy industry.

Ranks of childless foreign couples have flocked to the country in recent years looking for a low-cost, legal and simple route to parenthood.

Health industry estimates put the size of India’s surrogacy business at nine billion rupees ($138 million) and growing at 20 per cent a year.

But critics have said a lack of legislation governing surrogacy encourages “rent-a-womb” exploitation of young, poor Indian women.

In an affidavit to the Supreme Court today, the government said it “does not support commercial surrogacy”.

“No foreigners can avail surrogacy services in India,” it told the court, which is hearing a petition regarding the industry, adding that surrogacy would be available “only for Indian couples”.

Thousands of infertile couples, many from overseas, hire the wombs of Indian women to carry their embryos through to birth.

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This is a long overdue initiative by the Indian government.

People are not entitled to have children just because they have a couple of thousand dollars available and can hire a young woman relatively inexpensively to carry a child to term for them.

I'm actually surprised India let it go on for as long as they did.

Surprisingly enough Russia has a more enlightened policy then we do on this surrogacy business. All persons involved have no legal rights to the children born through these arrangements, no matter how much money exchanges hands.  So there is no incentive to conduct these transactions financial or otherwise.

We see the potential for disaster inherent in these arrangements starting with the Baby M case and right up to the present day with Sherri Shepherd (former host of the View) trying to negative a surrogate contract because her husband filed for divorce before the child was even born to the surrogate...

Let's just say no as India is now doing.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Event Horizon Rapidly Accelerating on Custody Outcome...

People Exclusive

Kelly Rutherford Allowed to See Kids in Monaco as New Custody Hearing Is Set for October


09/04/2015 AT 01:30 PM EDT

Despite fears that Kelly Rutherford would lose access to her two children after her ex accused her of

 abducting them last month, the star is spending time with them after Thursday's 

court appearance in Monaco.  The Gossip Girl actress was spotted grabbing lunch with 

son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6, in the South of France on Friday.  A source says 

that the current parenting arrangement – in which she and German businessman Daniel Giersch 

have joint custody but the children live primarily with him and Monaco and France – remains in 

tact, though there is a new court date set for Oct. 26.

"Everybody agrees that it's best that the children be with both parents,and Kelly's enjoying 

being with them," the insider tells PEOPLE.  Rutherford, 46, attended a two-hour hearing 

Thursday in Monaco, another source says.  She's been fighting to bring Hermes and Helena back 

to the United States, where they were both born, since 2012, when a judge sent them abroad to live with 

their father temporarily.


I hope I am wrong, but I see a very sad outcome at hand for Kelly Rutherford.  I believe she 

might have her visitation either terminated or limited to a once a year visitation scenario under 

supervision or something of that nature.

Generally in these sorts of situations where a mother won't quietly accept the court's decision 

termination of contact is often the final outcome...

Maybe because she's famous and has made such a stink about the whole thing, they'll settle for 

supervised once a year visitation until the children are teenagers or something of that nature.  

Generally for the rest of us 'average' moms our visitation would have already been terminated.  

It's why I support so-called 'Joint Custody' as it's the lesser of many evils offered to mothers when 

they have children with men who are determined to fight it out in court for custody.   Courts 

today are not friendly to women, especially mothers.