Sun, Nov 18, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Lien Chan’s family throws spotlight on surrogacy

By Peng Hsien-chun, Wei Yi-chia and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with Staff writer

In Taiwan, the issue of surrogate motherhood has long been contentious.

However, amid growing calls for its legalization, the conclusion of a citizens’ conference meeting commissioned by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion on Sept. 29 resolved many of the issues, pending approval of the long-stalled surrogacy act in the legislature.

The meeting reached a consensus that two scenarios of gestational surrogacy should be allowed: cases in which barren couples provide both the sperm and egg and cases in which infertile couples provide either the sperm or the egg, with the other provided by an anonymous donor.

The meeting also reached a consensus that surrogate motherhood should be an unpaid service, with the payment of necessary medical costs and nutritional supplements being the exceptions.

Additional Reporting by Lin Hsiang-mei

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