Clinic Under Investigation in Thailand-Australia Surrogacy Case

by Admin on August 7, 2014

The Bangkok clinic that provided services in the case of baby Gammy may have violated Thailand health regulations, reports the Bangkok Post.

Gammy, a 7-month-old baby boy with Down syndrome, was allegedly abandoned by his Australian birth parents and is now being cared for and raised by his 21-year-old Thai surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua. His twin sister was taken by the Australian couple upon her birth.

According to the Bangkok Post, a Thai Ministry of Public Health official said that “commercial surrogacy (in which a woman is paid to carry a child) is against the Medical Council of Thailand’s code of conduct,” and that doctors who breach this regulation could face criminal charges.

Currently there are no surrogacy laws in Thailand or published case decisions directly related to surrogacy.

The Bangkok Post reports that Thai authorities will be launching a “nationwide inspection of clinics offering surrogacy services to check that they were operating according to medical regulations.”

Commercial surrogacy is not permitted in Australia, leading many aspiring Australian parents to pursue surrogates abroad. Gammy’s case has lead to a public push for surrogacy law reforms in both countries, according to the Bangkok Post.

Read the full story here.

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