Health Dept told not to hand over babies born to surrogate mothers to their parents

Health Dept told not to hand over babies born to surrogate mothers to their parents
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The High Court at Hyderabad has directed the Telangana State Health Department not to hand over the surrogate babies born in Sai Kiran Hospitals in Banjara Hills to couples who are claiming the babies as their own. The court will decide later where the babies should be kept.

Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad has directed the Telangana State Health Department not to hand over the surrogate babies born in Sai Kiran Hospitals in Banjara Hills to couples who are claiming the babies as their own. The court will decide later where the babies should be kept.

The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice T Rajani gave these directions on Thursday while taking up the letter written by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait as a public interest litigation petition.

Justice Suresh Kumr Kait dwelt on the travails of the poor women who were becoming surrogate mothers for the sake of money. Justice Kait wrote the letter after seeing news reports about the problems being faced by the 48 poor women in Sai Kiran Infertility Centre.

The bench also directed the Health Department to arrange ultra sound scanning machines in the centre to monitor the health of pregnant surrogate mothers as the existing ones there were seized. Telangana Government Pleader for Health Department, B S Prasad informed the bench that there was large-scale business being run by Sai Kiran Infertility Centre in the name of surrogacy. He said the Department officials are visiting the centre every week to monitor the condition of the women and babies.

Another counsel appearing for a surrogate mother informed the bench that a few of the women had recently delivered babies and they are worried about their names being made public by the media. The bench said if their privacy is violated and legal recourse is taken, it will examine the matter then. It also directed the respondents to file counter affidavits and adjourned the matter by a week.

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