Thailand Bans Commercial Surrogacy

A new laws banning commercial surrogacy, a destination popular with foreigners and gay couples looking for cheaper surrogacy services.

Published: 07th August 2015 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2015 06:39 PM   |  A+A-


BANGKOK: A new laws banning commercial surrogacy has come into effect in Thailand, a destination popular with foreigners and gay couples looking for cheaper surrogacy services. The law banning commercial surrogacy was passed in February and came into effect from this month.

The law came after outrage following an Australian couple last year leaving a surrogate twin boy who had Down Syndrome behind in Thailand, taking his healthy sister. The controversy triggered an immediate backlash in Thailand, forcing commercial surrogate operators to shut down operations.

Under the new law, a couple, a man and a woman, to avail surrogacy must be legally married for at least three years with one or both holding Thai nationality. The surrogate mother is required to be a sibling of the couple, but not the parents or the couple's children.

The surrogate woman must also have her own child and have her husband's consent. If the woman is not a relative of the couple, the woman needs to meet regulations laid down by the Thai public health ministry.

Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said foreign couples would no longer be able to seek surrogacy services in Thailand. The new law prohibits commercial surrogacy serving foreign clients, with violations punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 200,000 baht (USD 6,200).


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp