Thailand Moves to Reform Law following Surrogacy Cases Gone Awry
Last week, Thailand officials announced a reform of its surrogacy legislation by way of a newly drafted bill that would ban commercial surrogacy. This move to tighten restrictions comes after two widely-reported and controversial surrogacy cases gone wrong in the nation – the now-famous story of Gammy, a twin abandoned by his intended parents due to his having Down syndrome; and that of one Japanese businessman’s 13 surrogate-born infants and their mothers discovered in an apartment.
Though surrogacy is often portrayed as a service – a good, even – and though some may dismiss these cases as unfortunate and rare, the reality is that they simply highlight the very uncertainties and complexities inherent in any procedure that recruits a third party to bear a child. Human rights and not mere commercial contracts – much less product quality control – are at stake.