Call for clearer international surrogacy laws following Thai Down's Syndrome baby case

News Release

08 Aug 2014

Surrogacy campaigners have called for clearer regulation on international surrogacy following the recent case involving a Down's Syndrome child born to a surrogate mother in Thailand.

Ms Pattaramon was paid £9,000 to be a surrogate mother, to twins, for an Australian couple.

There was international outrage when it then emerged the couple returned to Australia with a baby girl but had left her twin brother, Gammy, who has Down’s and a congenital heart problem behind.

Media reports about the alleged abandonment of baby Gammy have provoked widespread reactions across the world.

The Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, called it “an incredibly sad story” that “illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular business.”

Australia’s department of foreign affairs is now in consultation with the Thai government regarding new laws regulating, and potentially banning, commercial surrogacy in Thailand

Commercial surrogacy, in which a woman is paid to carry a child, is not permitted in Australia or the UK, with money limited to the costs of medical and other reasonable expenses, leading to many couples choosing to go abroad, with Thailand and India among the most popular destinations.