Ekta Kapoor is a Mom to a Baby Boy Via Surrogacy

Following in her brother Tushar Kapoor’s footsteps, she welcomed the baby via a surrogate.

Updated31 Jan 2019, 06:10 AM IST
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Ekta Kapoor, the giant of Television Entertainment, is a mom to a baby boy. Following in her brother Tushar Kapoor’s footsteps, she welcomed the baby via a surrogate, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Tushar Kapoor’s son Lakshya was born in 2017. Other members of the film fraternity who have welcomed children via surrogacy include Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Lisa Ray, Sunny Leone among others.

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Courtesy @bombaytimes: ‘Lisa shared, “Every new phase of life challenges my openness and the ability to adapt with each new experience.” Lisa and Jason have named their daughters Sufi — the mystic — and Soleil — the French word for ‘sun’. They were born via surrogacy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in June. “It has been an arduous and interesting experience. Having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a form of blood cancer) in 2009, which requires me to be on a lifelong dose of medication, pre-empted the possibility for me to carry children myself. Fortunately, technology has progressed where there are choices and new possibilities for having children. My husband and I decided to pursue surrogacy. India was the obvious choice. We consulted a reputed fertility doctor, but a week before we could begin, India outlawed commercial surrogacy. We were crushed. While I understand the pressing need to regulate the industry and prevent exploitation of surrogate mothers, it was a case of literally throwing out the baby with the bath water. But, I was determined. My husband and I were advised we could continue the process in India and that there were ‘ways’. But we did not want to bring our children into the world under a cloud of uncertainty,” she said.’ Image @aligphoto MUH @jomakeupartist PR manager @bazinga_ent

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Earlier in December 2018, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, that ensures effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows altruistic surrogacy to the needy Indian infertile couples was passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Bill permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive. The surrogate mother and the intending couple need eligibility certificates from the appropriate authority. The surrogate mother must be a ‘close relative’ of the intending couple.

The Bill also provides for the constitution of a National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on November 21, 2016 and was then referred to a parliamentary standing committee on January 12, 2017.

Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby an intending couple commissions a surrogate mother to carry their child.

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Published: 31 Jan 2019, 05:03 AM IST
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