The proposed legislation (Surrogacy Bill) uses the word ‘women’ throughout whereas access to safe abortions is critical for transgender – a Bill that the Government has just passed giving them rights as individuals – inter-sex and gender diverse persons. Therefore, I suggest that the word ‘women’ should be replaced by ‘persons’.

Ritesh Pandey

Ambedkar Nagar

Uttar Pradesh

Bahujan Samaj Party

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