Thailand Bans Commercial Surrogacy
By The Guardian | Feb. 20, 2015
The Baby Gammy case made headlines in August 2014, when a Thai gestational mother claimed that the intended parents abandoned Gammy because of a diagnosis of Downs Syndrome. They returned to Australia with his healthy twin sister. This article provides an overview of the case and key elements of the law that came into effect soon after.
According to Thailand’s new law:
- Foreign and same-sex couples are banned from seeking surrogacy services in the country.
- Only married heterosexuals, with at least one Thai partner are allowed surrogacy.
- No fees are allowed for the service.
- Gestational mothers must be Thai, over 25 years old, and related to the intended parents.