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Assisted Reproductive Technologies: For Whose Benefit?

In the last three decades, India has witnessed a proliferation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies clinics. Apart from the domestic demand, the infertility treatment services of these clinics (unregulated by any law) are attracting huge numbers of foreign clients due to the comparatively lower costs. The central government and the Indian Council of Medical Research have drafted the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill and Rules 2008 and invited comments. A critique of the draft reveals that it is inadequate in protecting the health and well-being of women (donors and receivers of the services) and children and favours the private sector providers of these technologies.

Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India: Implications for Women

The growth and promotion of assisted reproductive technologies raise a number of issues with regard to their implications for women, primarily in terms of health and social pressures on them to conceive. Very often, women are not told the side-effects of the "treatment" and the social pressures operating upon them force repeated "trial and error". Much public awareness and debate are required on this important issue.

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