September 26, 2017

Australian Surrogate Babies Stuck in Cambodia

Surrogacy was flourishing in the country a year ago before the government banned it

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that up 10 surrogate babies with Australian biological parents are stuck in Cambodia because the government is refusing to issue exit visas.

According to the report, “The Cambodian government is refusing to issue exit visas for all surrogacy cases where the newborn babies have a foreign passport, in a developing human crisis in the country.”

The report also stated that the government “had previously warned that if intending Australian parents failed to present themselves to the authorities the government would not facilitate them bringing their babies to Australia.”

Cambodia’s Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry Chou Bun Eng, said that the government wants to ensure that promises made to the surrogate mothers are fulfilled and that the contract is completed.

Commercial surrogacy was flourishing in the country after it was banned in Thailand and India. However, government officials abolished the trade over human rights violation concerns.

Commercial surrogacy in Thailand is banned for foreigners, but couples residing in Thailand can choose to have a surrogate baby.

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Same Sex Couples Can Now Adopt in Queensland

Single people also allowed to adopt under new law  

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Queensland Parliament passed a legislation that would allow same sex couples, singles and people undergoing fertility treatment to adopt.

Despite opposition of clauses that expanded eligibility criteria to singles and same sex couples by two MPs, the legislation was supported by independents Rob Pyne and Billy Gordon and was passed overnight.  Communities

Minister Shannon Fentiman said according to Brisbane Times, “It is time for Queensland to join other Australian states and territories to remove this discrimination from our adoption laws-For too long Queensland’s LGBTI community has been barred from even considering meeting the needs of a child through adoption as an option.”

Queensland is joining states other than South Australia and Northern territories in allowing same-sex adoption.

In Thailand, same-sex marriages are not recognized by Thailand law and Thai- adoption law requires that the couple looking to adopt must be married. There have been talks to legalize same-sex marriages, but for far nothing has come to fruition.

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