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FIELD: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Medical Research Council, helped draft the bill. It would clamp down on the more than 2,000 under regulated fertility clinics operating in the country.

If passed, it would put an end to paid surrogacy. An end to pay checks worth thousands of dollars for these women among the country's poorest. Women who might otherwise are in a few hundred in a year.

They didn't want to be identified because they say there is a social stigma surrounding surrogacy.

"With the money, the future of our children will be good. We will educate them. We are benefiting from it and also helping others who don't have children," she says.

(on-camera): If passed, India's plan to ban surrogacy would not only prevent a number of poor women from making a substantial amount of money as surrogates, it would also stop people from all over the world from coming to India to have babies.

And that includes Indian parents, gay couples and single women. The only people that could have surrogate babies would be married heterosexual Indian couples, who have been unable to have a baby for at least five years and who are able to find an unpaid surrogate family member.

(voice-over): Dr. Kaberi Banerjee works with surrogates as part of her fertility practice. She delivered baby Cathy and a hundred other babies from surrogate mothers. She argues the government is stripping women of the right to make choices about their bodies and to earn money they need.

DR. KABERI BANERJEE, OPPOSES SURROGACY BILL: Perhaps the intention is good of the government, but I feel they are ill-informed.

FIELD: A disservice she believes toward the women who depend on the paychecks and the ones who still hope to hear this.



FIELD: And, John, we have spoken to a number of women and couples who do hope to hear the sound of a baby crying. Couples who say that they really have no other hope except for surrogacy in order to accomplish that dream of having a child of their own.

They say that if this bill passes, it leaves them with precious little hope, but the people who support this bill say they do have an option. The people who support the bill say they would like to see more couples and more people adopting children here in India.


VAUSE: Yes, arguments on both sides of this one.

Alexandra, thank you for the report. We appreciate it.

And we'll take a short break. When we come back, some moans, groans, sighs of disappointment as Apple finally unveils iPhone7. We'll look at the new features and the ones which did not make the cut.

Also, he has been rocking for five decades. Now Bruce Springsteen is sharing his most personal struggles in a new memoir.


[00:37:13] VAUSE: A new memoir from legendary singer Bruce Springsteen is revealing a lot about the boss and his personal struggles including battle with depression. Here's Zain Asher.


ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): American musician Bruce Springsteen who often keeps his private life to himself talks about his ongoing battle with depression in a rare interview with "Vanity Fair" magazine.

Springsteen also reveals he underwent invasive neck surgery three years ago, where his throat was cut open and his vocal chords tied back. A procedure which he describes as nerve-wracking and which took him three months to recover from.

This comes as he prepares to release a 500-page autobiography titled, "Born to Run," which took him seven years to write.

Springsteen reveals in the book that his depression was made worse by his rocky relationship with his late father. The father/son difficulties are expressed in his song --


Springsteen says he had a particularly hard time with mental illness between ages 60 and 64. He tells "Vanity Fair," quote, "One of the points I'm making in the book is that whoever you've been and wherever you've been, it never leaves you."

Despite battling depression, Springsteen's music has never faltered and he shows no sign of slowing down.

At age 66, Springsteen has been writing and performing music for more than 50 years. After the deaths of two of his band members, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici, the boss is still playing.


Sold out shows and performing marathon four-hour live performances on his latest tour, "The River."

He is the winner of many awards including 20 Grammys. He's released 18 studio albums and he's one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold 123 million albums worldwide.

Bruce Springsteen is a legend but he is also human, suffering from an illness so many people struggle with.

Zain Asher, CNN, Atlanta.


VAUSE: Another year, another new iPhone. Apple had its big reveal, Wednesday, of the iPhone 7. CEO Tim Cook kick off the event in San Francisco, California with little carpool karaoke alongside TV host James Corden and singer/songwriter Pharrell.


JAMES CORDEN, TV HOST: I think we should listen to some music and we should listen to a song all about where you're from.



[00:40:00] VAUSE: After the rocking and karaoke session, the Apple CEO hopped out of the car on to the stage and laid out the iPhone7's new feature. Also revealed that Apple cut a traditional one as well. A lot of customers not happy about that.

Here's Brian Todd.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The unveiling many couldn't wait for and some dreaded. Now after its trademark slick stage production at a packed theater in San Francisco, Apple is out with its new iPhone.

TIM COOK, APPLE CEO: It's the best iPhone that we have ever created. This is iPhone7.


COOK: It has a gorgeous new design.

TODD: The new iPhone 7 is water-resistant, has a fancier two-lens camera. It's slicker, offering two new shades of black. But the biggest change, no more headphone jack.

STEVEN OVERLY, TECH REPORTER, WASHINGTON POST: This plug right here that we're all used to, plugging in to listen to music will no longer exist from the iPhone 7.

TODD (on-camera): What is the upside to that?

OVERLY: Well, the upside, for anyone who has even gone on a run and had the cord gets sort of tangled or put it on their bag and had to unknot it, you know, that will no longer be an issue.

TODD: To save space, headphones will only plug into the lightning port, the same port used for charging. Included with your purchase ear buds with a lightning port plug and an adapter to plug in 3.5 mm headphones used by everyone else. But the biggest innovation, for another $159, there will be wireless ear buds called air pods.

COOK: The air pods deliver truly an Apple magical experience. When you try it, you're just going to be blown away.

TODD: But air pods need charging. You can't use them with non-Apple phones and you wouldn't want to lose them during workouts.

COOK: It really comes down to one word, courage. The courage to move on..

TODD: But after this latest unveiling, some serious pushback on social media from those not ready to give up their traditional headphones.

(on-camera): Why have so many of us been so reluctant to get rid of this?

OVERLY: Well, there's the cliche that change is hard, but it honestly goes beyond that. You know, the cord on the headphones also serves a functional purpose whether you are reaching for them in your bag or trying to make sure the right doesn't get separated from the left.

TODD (voice-over): Analysts say Apple needs to push new products like wireless headphones, accessories and the just unveiled water-resistant next generation of the Apple watch in order to recoup after recent setbacks.

Over the past year, Apple sales of iPhones dropped for the first time since the device was introduced in 2007.

OVERLY: They are declining because of competition from smartphone makers like Samsung and also data show that people are upgrading their phones less often.

TODD (on-camera): Cynics say with Apple stock in desperate need of resurgence, the company is under more pressure than ever to produce new products, an upgrade existing ones to make money.

But Apple fans, the I faithful, say products like the air pods are a way for Apple to push us all past entrenched technologies like the company did when it got rid of floppy disks and CD drives on the Mac.

Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


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