Cambodia Bans Commercial Surrogacy


cambodia-flagBangkok: Cambodia has moved to shut down its booming commercial surrogacy industry that has attracted several dozen Australian couples seeking to become biological parents.

Pregnant surrogate mothers and intending couples now face an uncertain future for their babies in the south-east Asian country’s murky and corrupt legal system.

Sam Everingham, global director of the Australian consultancy Families Through Surrogacy, told Fairfax Media that “scores of Australians will be forced to abandon their embryos in Cambodia, along with their dreams of a family”.

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh emerged as the latest hub of surrogacy in Asia after commercial surrogacy was banned in Thailand, Nepal and India.

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