Commercial surrogacy banned in Thailand

Commercial surrogacy banned in Thailand


A new law has been passed in Thailand which has banned the foreigners from paying Thailand women to be surrogates. The new law has been passed after two high profile cases has been sparked in 2014.


Moreover the new law has also banned the use of agents or any act which promotes women to carry babies for others against money. There was a case when a boy was born through surrogacy with downs syndrome and the entire surrogacy industry was in the spotlight.

The Australian parents had abandoned the baby but took his twin sister home. The condition of the industry increased when the Japanese man had fathered more than a dozen babies from different Thai surrogates. Thailand’s Medical Council in 1997 had banned commercial surrogacy. But even then the surrogacy industry has been booming in recent times and was attracting various foreigners.

Wanlop Tangkananurak, a lawmaker in the country said that the law was first read in November in the Parliament and had aimed to prevent Thailand to become the womb of the world. Anyone hiring a commercial surrogate can face a maximum jail sentence of up to 10 years.

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