Monday, August 4, 2014

How many Australians undertake surrogacy in Thailand?

In the latest figures, over 400 children were born to Australian intended parents in Thailand in the year ended 30 June 2012, according to figures gleaned from the Australian government by Professor Jenni Millbank:

200
400
India
297
Thailand
355
364
432
459
Source: Jenni Millbank/Dept Immigration & Citizen


Given the similar number in India, this makes Australians the highest per capita users of commercial international surrogacy arrangements of any country in the world.

As I have said elsewhere, trying to prohibit Australians undertaking surrogacy overseas will not work. It is akin to King Canute holding back the tide. A much, much better outcome is to prevent the exploitation of surrogates (and children, and intended parents) overseas, by making commercial surrogacy available here- properly regulated by clear, sensible and transparent rules. 

2 comments:

  1. Here here!! Five years after we went the India route people I speak to still cannot believe how limited surrogacy remains in Australia.

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  2. International surrogacy is an altruistic or commercial surrogacy arrangement where the surrogate mother is in a country outside of Australia. These arrangements need to be entered into with caution as they may not fulfil the requirements for a grant of a Parentage Order in New South Wales or Australia.
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