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Maintain the minimum age of 21 to use ART: House Panel | India News


NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Family Health and Well-being in its report on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill of 2020 recommended a uniform minimum age criterion of 21+ for women and men to make use of TAR services.
It recommended that the minimum age for a woman who wishes to use the services of an ART clinic or bank should be “above 21” and not “above the legal age of marriage” (which is 18 years) as used in the definition of “eligible woman” in the bill. The committee said that the specific age of 21 should be used instead of the “legal age of marriage” in the clause that states that “clinics will apply ART services to women and men above the legal age to contract. marriage and under the age of 50 years and 55 years for women and men respectively “.
The reasoning of settling for 21 for a woman is also cited to ensure her safety. The report records that one of the stakeholders informed the committee that complications of IVF (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome – OHSS) are greater in younger women.
After it was presented at Lok Sabha, the ART Bill 2020 was forwarded in October last year to the standing committee on family health and wellness for review. The committee chaired by Ram Gopal Yadav presented its report to Parliament at the budget session that ended last week. The bill provides for the regulation and supervision of assisted reproductive technology clinics and assisted reproductive technology banks, the prevention of misuse, the safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services.
The health research department, in its response to the committee, while clarifying whether the bill allows single single women to make use of the ART service, presented that single divorced, widowed and single women can make use of the ART services. “The bill allows single women to make use of ART services taking into account that adoption is allowed for single women,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the bill as of now defines a “commissioned couple” as an infertile married couple approaching an ART clinic or bank.
In deliberating on the question of whether same-sex couples and people living with a partner should receive reproductive rights under the ART bill, the committee noted that “although the Supreme Court has decriminalized same-sex relationships, it did not introduce any special provisions or grant additional rights to same-sex couples. ”

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