Email Updated August 21, 2014 10:20:27 Photo: Gammy, a baby born with Down syndrome, is fed by his surrogate mother at a hospital in Thailand. (Reuters: Damir Sagolj) Map: Australia The recent baby Gammy case has exposed the pitfalls of the international commercial surrogacy trade.Gammy, a baby with Down syndrome, was left with his Thai surrogate mother while his healthy twin sister returned to Western Australia to live with her biological father and his wife.Since then, two Australian couples have been temporarily stopped from leaving Thailand with their surrogate children. Thai authorities are considering draft legislation that may shut down the commercial surrogacy trade.A Family Law Council report, recently released by Attorney-General George Brandis, says "a significant and apparently growing number of children are being born as a result of commercial surrogacy arrangements outside Australia (more than several hundred each year)". The spate of cases raises … [Read more...] about Fact file: How easy is it to bring overseas-born surrogate babies back to Australia and what are their parents’ rights?
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Email By Rosemary Bolger Updated March 29, 2015 12:15:15 Photo: Baby Addison was born via a surrogate, the first since altruistic surrogacy was legalised in Tasmania two years ago. (ABC News) Related Story: Tasmania passes gay, de facto surrogacy bill Related Story: Surrogacy a step closer Map: Devonport 7310 A Devonport couple has become the first in Tasmania to use a surrogate to have a baby, but it is a dream that remains out of reach for many.Two and a half years since altruistic surrogacy was legalised in Tasmania, Holly Gleeson and her partner are the only couple to navigate the complex legal framework to enable their first child to be born. "I knew from a really young age that I wouldn't be able to carry my own baby and I always wanted a baby so it was our only option," Ms Gleeson said. After we've waited so long to get her it was absolutely amazing, was just pure joy. Holly Gleeson, New mother "She's genetically our child so we did the normal IVF procedure … [Read more...] about Parents of Tasmania’s first surrogate baby call for more support to navigate the system
Email 7.30 By Adam Harvey Updated August 11, 2014 20:35:53 Photo: Adrian and Kylie Raftery have relocated to Melbourne to give themselves the option of surrogacy in the future. (ABC) Map: Australia Parents who have had children through surrogates in Australia say the thriving overseas surrogacy market is being fuelled by messy Australian laws.Their comments come in the wake of the baby Gammy scandal, where an Australian couple abandoned their disabled surrogate child in Bangkok.Australian laws vary wildly, with some states banning gay couples and single women from having a surrogate child, while others criminalise anyone who pays an overseas surrogate.One couple, Adrian and Kylie Raftery, have moved from Sydney's Blue Mountains to Melbourne because they are worried about possible prosecution if they have an overseas surrogacy."It's a huge move from New South Wales to Victoria," Mr Raftery told 7.30."Just the simple thing of the family network, you can't rely on mum and … [Read more...] about Thriving overseas surrogacy market fuelled by messy Australian laws, parents say
Email By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane Updated November 24, 2016 14:42:51 Photo: Chan Nareth is five months pregnant and terrified she will not receive her money. (ABC News: Liam Cochrane) Map: Cambodia Even by Cambodian standards, Chan Nareth is poor. Key points:Ms Chan told she could earn equivalent to eight years wages as surrogate There is no law dealing specifically with surrogacy in CambodiaFor Srey Roth, surrogacy offered a rare chance to escape a miserable life She lives on the very last fringes of Phnom Penh's sprawl, down a flooded, rubbish-strewn alley in a dark single room, cheek-by-jowl with other victims of the capital's unforgiving urbanisation.With rising debts and four daughters to support, the 32-year-old heard about a possible way out of her crushing poverty."I met two former surrogates who knew where to find [translator] Ya and Tammy, the Australian woman," said Ms Chan."They checked my womb to see if I could get pregnant and Tammy took … [Read more...] about Pregnant surrogates, prospective parents left in limbo as Cambodia cracks down on trade
Actor Alia Bhatt along with father Mahesh Bhatt hosted the screening of Soni Razdan’s film Yours Truly on Monday. The film premieres on digital streaming platform Zee5 on May 3. The event turned out to be a family affair as the Bhatts posed together for the paparazzi and welcomed guests at the event. Dressed in a red floral dress, Alia was all smiles as she stood between her parents. The Bhatts were joined by actor Aahana Kumra who attended the event in a white lace gown. Directed by National award-winning film maker Sanjoy Nag, Yours Truly stars Soni Razdan in the lead role along with Aahana, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak. Mahesh has also played a small but pivotal role in the film. It is based on Annie Zaidi’s story ‘The One That Was Announced’ and portrays Soni as a middle-aged woman named Mithi, who is on her journey to find love. Alia Bhatt joins parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan and Aahana Kumra at Yours Truly event … [Read more...] about Alia Bhatt joins parents Soni Razdan, Mahesh Bhatt at Yours Truly screening, flies to London for Brahmastra soon after. See pics