Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end 'rent-a-womb' tourism

February 20, 2015 4:36 AM

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" industry that made the Southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals last year, including allegations that an Australian couple had abandoned their Down Syndrome baby with his Thai birth mother taking only his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them.

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