allegedly abandoned their child born with down
syndrome through a Thai surrogate mother shed light
on Thailand's lax regulations regarding commercial
surrogacy, prompting the country's newly empowered
military government to take action.
press, reignited debate among Thailand policymakers about the
ethicality and legality of surrogacy for commercial purposes,
which had become a booming industry in Thailand.
billionaire technology mogul Yasumitsu Shigeta. The younger
Shigeta had allegedly used Thai surrogates to father nearly a dozen
infants, whose births were merely weeks or months apart.
2010 draft law banning commercial surrogacy arrangements
in Thailand, which would enact severe punishments for
commercial surrogacy agents and practitioners, including a fine
of 200,000 baht (US$6,200) and up to 10 years' imprisonment.
surrogacy draft law to the country's National Legislative
Assembly for review, but its approval is still pending. The
inclusion of other controversial measures in the bill, including
provisions regarding use of stem cell cells, may complicate its
passage, says Nandana Indananda, a partner at the Bangkok-
based law practice Tilleke & Gibbins, who was part of a
committee that authored the original draft law. In addition,
once fertility clinics learn more about the law's specific details,
they may become more vigilant in their attempts to block its
passage, Indananda says.
Indananda says. Most practitioners, for example, believe the law
only prohibits commercial surrogacy agencies from operating.
did know, they might oppose this provision and try to remove
this provision from the bill. So it might prolong the process of
enacting the law," he says.
COMMERCIAL SURROGACY IN THAILAND,
BUT SURROGACY SCANDALS WILL NOT
GREATLY IMPACT THE COUNTRY'S MEDICAL
TOURISM INDUSTRY, EXPERTS SAY