Herald Sun 28 November 2014
THAILAND’S parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down’s syndrome.
A draft bill — which would see anyone profiting off surrogacy given a maximum 10-year prison sentence — passed its first reading in the country’s military-stacked parliament on Thursday, legislator Wallop Tungkananurak said.
“We want to put an end to this idea in foreigners’ minds that Thailand is a baby factory,” he told AFP.
“The bill was adopted with overwhelming support.”
Commercial surrogacy was technically banned by Thailand’s Medical Council, but until recently even top fertility clinics were believed to offer the service.