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Thai authorities to probe surrogacy clinics amid Down case controversy

Published on Aug 5, 2014 9:30 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Authorities in Thailand are to inspect all the clinics in the country offering surrogacy services to see if they are operating within the law after a Thai woman who carried twins for an Australian couple was left caring for a baby with Down Syndrome.

The case has caused controversy in both Thailand and Australia, bringing calls to prohibit commercial surrogacy in the Southeast Asian country to end a lucrative trade.

In Australia, the case has sparked calls for an overhaul of surrogacy laws to cut the number of couples travelling abroad to find surrogates.

The nationwide inspection in Thailand would start next week, Lieutenant Colonel Chatmongkol Wasinamorn of the police consumer protection division said on Tuesday. "We'll check whether they were licensed for surrogacies and whether they were done correctly by doctors," he told Reuters."Representatives from the Medical Council will go with us to check whether those surrogate cases followed the medical code."

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