No Surrogacy for Thailand, But Other Countries in East Opening Doors!


Thailand’s parliament has paved a new legislation that restricts foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to halt an industry that shaped the South Asian country a sought after destination for fertility tourism.

Thailand was besieged by by several surrogacy allegations last year, including scandals that an Australian couple had neglected their Down Syndrome baby with his Thai birth mother taking only his healthy twin sister back to Australia.

Another case intricated a Japanese man who sired at least 16 babies using Thai surrogates in what local Thai media called the “baby factory”.

Thailand gave primary confirmation in August for a draft law to make “retail” surrogacy a crime. The draft passed its first reading and became law.

“This law aims to stop Thai women’s wombs from becoming the world’s womb. This law bans foreign couples from coming to Thailand to seek commercial surrogacy services,” Wanlop Tankananurak, a member of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly,stated.

The law bans non-local couples from seeking surrogacy services and imposes that surrogate mothers must over 25.

“The important part is if the couple seeking surrogacy services is Thai or the couple is mixed-race, they can find a Thai woman to be their surrogate providing she is over 25,” he said, adding that violation of the law carries a “severe prison sentence”.

Making commercial surrogacy a criminal offence could push the industry underground, making it tough for potential patients to access quality physicians and medical care, critics say.

Stay tuned to this site as many other countries in the East are changing their surrogacy policies. We’ll keep you informed.

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