Mon, Aug 24, 2009 - Page 2 News List

Taipei warns Thai firm over surrogate mother advertising

DPA , TAIPEI

The government warned a Thai surrogate company against seeking infertile-parent clients in Taiwan because the law still bans surrogate births, a newspaper said yesterday.

Wu Hsiu-ying (吳秀英), an official from the Department of Health, was quoted in the ­Chinese-language Apple Daily as saying that doctors who introduce infertile parents to a company dealing in surrogate mothers face the loss of their license and fines of up to NT$250,000.

“Taiwan has not passed the surrogate mother bill. So if a doctor arranges a surrogate mother for infertile parents here, he or she could lose their doctor’s license,” she said.

An Apple Daily reporter, posing as a client, contacted the headquarters of a Thai firm, Baby 101, in Bangkok about the service. The reporter said he was told it would charge US$50,000 for the service.

The surrogate mothers, who were reportedly Vietnamese, live in a dormitory 20 minutes outside Bangkok.

Baby 101 has been advertising to potential Taiwan clients for a while through a Chinese-­language ad on the Internet.

About one out of every seven Taiwan couples is incapable of bearing children, the report said.

This story has been viewed 2610 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top