Thailand’s parliament moving to ban commercial surrogacy

Following months of scandal, Thailand’s interim Parliament has given initial approval to a bill that would ban commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term.

The bill, if it passes final approval, would see anyone profiting from surrogacy be given a maximum 10 year prison sentence.

“We want to put an end to this idea in foreigners’ minds that Thailand is a baby factory,” said legislator Wallop Tungkananurak.

Chet Siratharanon, a member of the National Legislative Assembly , said the bill had passed its first reading on Thursday, and that a final version was expected to be ready within 30 days.


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