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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.

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