'Soon new law to check illegal clinics' Govt tells SC

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New Delhi, Jul 9 (UNI) The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it is bringing a comprehensive law soon to check the mushrooming growth of clinics, indulging in InVitro Fertilization(IVF) tests, under which a child can be conceived without invasion of the body.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam while seeking three weeks time from the apex court for filing a detailed affidavit on the issue said the government was quite serious about the matter. It was going to bring a legislation, laying down strict guidelines to check this illegal practice by checking the illegal growth of such nursing homes and clinics, which encourage the birth of test tube babies through IVF.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices P Sathasivam and J M Panchal granted four weeks time to the Union Health Ministry for giving details of the steps that were being taken by the state to check the malpractice.

Earlier, Counsel C N Sreekumar appearing for the petitioner Anita Jayadevan, contended before the court that during the last three years of the pendency of this petition, the government was yet to tell the court the steps it was going to take to check this illegal practice.

The government also informed the court that it was also going to launch a public awareness programme through media publicity.

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