22 women approach the Madras High Court contending that the ART Act violates their right to reproductive autonomy

22 women filed a petition with the Madras High Court arguing that the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act, 2021’s rules need to be changed since they are not based on scientific principles.

The petition was heard on Friday by a bench consisting of the acting chief justice T Raja and Justice D Krishnakumar, who ordered the petitioners to provide “scientific evidence” to support their assertions.

The women have explicitly challenged Sections 21(b) and Section 27 of the ART Act, which deal with special banks to store and deliver sperm and oocytes, as well as with the technique and rules for collecting such gametes, in their plea, which was submitted through counsel Puroshothaman.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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