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Australians With Babies Delivered By Thai Surrogates Facing Six Month Wait to Leave Thailand

While not the news these parents were hoping for, this is nevertheless a step in the right direction:

Australian couples with babies born to Thai surrogate mothers face an up to six month wait in Thailand as authorities tighten rules, including a total ban on commercial surrogacy. Under the tougher guidelines, up to 200 Australian couples with babies recently born to a surrogate mother face a lengthy court process to gain official clearance to take the baby out of the country. The rule tightening comes after a same sex couple departed Thailand with a child last week after they and couples from the United States and France were prevented from leaving at Suvanabhumi International Airport.

A senior Australian official said the court approval requirement was included in pre-existing laws, but had not been enforced. “Now because things have been shown to be going badly in certain instances, they are now actually implementing more strictly what on paper they were supposed to be doing anyway, which includes this court order,” the official said. “This court order could take between three to six months,” he said.

The official said Australian couples with babies born to Thai surrogate mothers now face an extended period in Thailand and must be prepared for that. “People have to factor into their planning – factor immediately – their planning that they are going to have to be here looking after the baby in Thailand for a much longer period than they initially thought,” he said.

The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has been pressing the Thai government to allow for a “transition period” so couples can leave the country. “I’m fairly confident that they will find a way through this and come up with some good transition arrangements but they are not quite there yet,” he said.

The case involving a West Australian couple taking a healthy twin baby girl home, but leaving behind her brother, with Down Syndrome, and a Japanese man allegedly fathering 15 surrogate children has triggered a sharp response. The Thai military government is now moving quickly to impose tough surrogacy laws, making way for a total ban on commercial surrogacy.

Recent publicity has triggered waves of anxiety across the commercial surrogacy sector. Officials said on Monday some Thai surrogate mothers under care at private hospitals were being moved to public hospitals with doctors fearing a legal backlash. There are also fears surrogate mothers may have abortions, as well as commissioning parents leaving babies behind in Thailand.

Chairman of the Medical Council of Thailand, Somsak Lolekha, said despite the legal concerns, there is a need to assist those involved, especially the children. “We have to help them because for the sake of the baby, because of the child’s rights, we have to do everything for the rights of the child,” Somsak said. “They should go back to the genetic parents or their intended parents and I think we have to try to help them so the parents can get their baby back to their home,” he said.


6 comments for “Australians With Babies Delivered By Thai Surrogates Facing Six Month Wait to Leave Thailand”

  • Patricia

    To wait six months to leave a country is unbelievable. I feel pity to those couples who are turned to be in this situation. The most horrible is that you never thought about the possibility of such problems, I remember that it was legal and more or less it passed without any problems. But now when the people got in this web nobody knows how it will be later on.

    • Nicol

      Yes, Petricia. I am from Australia. Most people from Australia went to Thailand for surrogacy, but with present conditions it will soon stop. I made up my mind to go for Ukraine and I do not regret about it at all. It was longer trip but no propblems at wiht child registration.

  • Dancer

    Absolutly agree, I passed my program of surrogacy in Biotexcon in Ukraine and we were waiting during the process of child registration near two weeks.

  • Nicol

    Dancer, really? I was in Biotexcom ,too. It is unbelievable. I am really surprised. I think it is not so popular however thic Clinic has got good success rating. What country are you from?

  • Dancer

    Actually It is very popular clinic)))) If you were their you have noticed how many couples were there)) We were waiting for four hours before we visited a doctor, and there was no place to sit and wait)) We were waiting, sitting on the stairs)) and I live in Britain.

  • Nicol

    Oh yes, queues were long and I was very tired after visits to that clinic. But you should accept that are prices are affordable. And if think about pros and cons in any case you will find more advantages than disadvantages especially comparing with other clinics. I think Ukraine has great future in surrogacy industry.

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