"Greetings to Honourable Chief Minister Of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi and Honourable Governor of Meghalaya and Honourable INSTAR President Dr Bavishi and to all the delegates of this Medical Educational Program.
I would like to thank the organizers INSTAR for giving me this wonderful opportunity to express my views on Surrogacy and INSTAR Society.
This is my first visit to India and it has been my great pleasure to come for such a commendable cause – of Women Empowerment. I feel that to empower and support woman in society is the strength of any nation. It should not be ignored.
One of the most primal things for all of us is having a family, Especially in India to be surrounded by generations of family is very important. Inability to have children is an enormous stress to anyone who is trying. As far as Indian culture is concerned, inability to have a child comes with feelings of secrecy shame guilt and anxiety. A smaller percentage of families find that the female partner is not able to carry a child. Until recently this has meant the heartbreak of remaining childless but again India has led the way in providing professional competent and affordable treatment through surrogacy
The whole area of assisted reproduction raises may social Ethical medical and Legal issues that are regularly commented on in the media
There is particular concern that any approach in Third Party Reproduction should be one which is fully informed and takes into account a wide range of complex and sensitive concerns involved within an Indian context and with an Indian voice
To this End we have heard today from the members of INSTAR. I am very happy to see INSTAR's positive and responsible approach to surrogacy in India.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours" ( Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, 2013)