Thailand’s Parliament on 28 November 2014 voted to ban commercial surrogacy. The draft bill, which passed its first reading by 177 votes, says violators could face 10 years in jail. The bill forbids any middlemen or agencies, receiving any assets or benefits through the surrogacy process
Ban on Commercial surrogacy was voted after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series of scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome.
Anger over Thailand's surrogacy trade increased when a Japanese man was found to have fathered nine surrogate babies. Thailand's ruling military junta, which seized power in May 2014 promised to end commercial surrogacy.
Who: Thai parliament
When: 28 November 2014
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