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Department warns women over surrogate motherhood dangers abroad

Jack Burton

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A string of arrests in what has been dubbed the “wombs for hire” scandal shocked the nation in February; now Thai Women, tempted to earn money by becoming surrogate mothers, are being warned about the potential health and social implications, especially in countries where there are no surrogacy laws to protect them.

The director-general of the Department of Health Service Support warns that surrogate mothers could end up in a bad way, even in prison, if anything goes wrong. He says that, for instance, if a hired surrogate mother gets sick while working in such a country, it might not be possible for her to ask the parents to pay her medical bills.

In most Asian countries there is generally no law requiring the identity of parents of a child carried by a surrogate to be made public, meaning the surrogate may end up having to take care of the child by herself if the intended parents change their minds.

“This is different from legal non-commercial surrogacy in Thailand. In Thailand surrogacy is protected under the law on the protection of babies born with the help of assisted reproductive technology.”

In order to prevent the commercial use of assisted reproductive technology, the selling of ovum, sperm, and embryos is outlawed in Thailand.

Legal surrogate mothers in Thailand are well protected, and intended parents of these babies are required to sign a formal agreement to cover all medical services and all related healthcare services of surrogate mothers. Legal surrogates in Thailand do not have to worry about parents potentially abandoning their babies if anything goes wrong as the law makes the parents the legal guardians.

The deputy director-general of the DHSS says medical complications commonly found in surrogacy can be serious and even lethal, including heart failure, bleeding, and infections that may make a surrogate mother infertile.

“Think twice before you go for such a job in a country without a surrogacy law which pays a little money in exchange for risking your health and safety and your future ability to carry a baby.”

Surrogacy in Thailand is illegal for international parents. A federal law passed in 2015 formally made commercial surrogacy illegal and banned the surrogacy process completely for international intended parents. The commercial surrogacy process was forcibly shut down by the military government in 2014.

The only parents who can legally complete a surrogacy in Thailand today are married, heterosexual Thai couples. At least one spouse must hold Thai nationality, and the couple must have been married for at least 3 years. Singles and homosexual couples are banned from completing a surrogacy in Thailand, even if they are Thai nationals. Any surrogate mother must be a sibling of one member of the couple. She must be married and have her husband’s consent for the surrogacy process.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times | Bangkok Post

 

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    me

    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    fyi, i really value the content you guys put on this site. it’s a break for the boilerplate bs of bangkok post.

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    Rita

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Well, yes, Ukraine is one of the most countries in Europe where surrogacy is legal by law. I was a surrogate to a couple from UK. There’s a lot of sad stories about exploitation of surrogate mothers, I wanted to share my experience of being a surrogate. Firstly, I was very careful when I sign contract with clinics to be a surrogate. I wanted to be protected from my side as well. I was very lucky as the clinic that I sign a contract it’s very professional and they listened and cared about me the entire time. It was in Kharkiv the clinic Feskov Human Reproduction Group . I met the couple that I was carrying the baby and made me very happy to see that I can help someone. We used to communicate through WhatsApp , I will tell them how I fell , how the baby it’s moving and many other questions that they will ask. Once I give a birth to the child I saw the happiness and joy of the couple, that made me very proud, plus with the reward that they pay me I could have a better life for my children. I will definitely do again, as I am young and heathy woman. Feskov will be my clinic again as they did all what they promised. Happy IP and happy surrogate.Wishing you all a happy end and beautiful , healthy baby !!!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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