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SURROGATE BABIES – EFFORTS TO MAKE SURROGACY LEGAL IN CAMBODIA

 

This is Great News. If becomes Legal then everyone is protected including Surrogates.  Just like Ukraine all are protected under LAW.

Authorities are preparing a draft law to make surrogacy legal with a range of protections for the women and babies involved.

News of the move emerged yesterday after a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and newly appointed United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to Cambodia Lene Kroll Christiansen. Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Mr. Sokhonn told Ms. Christiansen about the surrogacy development.

“Cambodian government relevant institutes are preparing to draft a new law to make surrogacy legal in order to control and prevent Cambodian children who are born via surrogacy from becoming victims,” Mr. Sounry said.

Sok Somoni, a cabinet chief in the Women’s Affairs Ministry, confirmed that discussions about surrogacy were taking place, but declined to say more. Surrogacy has been a controversial issue in the region and has been banned by India, Nepal and Thailand.

Ros Socheap, the executive director of Gender and Development for Cambodia NGO, said: “I don’t see any benefit for surrogate mothers.“My personal opinion is that this law will not benefit Cambodian women who are hired to be surrogates by other people, especially rich people.“In Cambodia, surrogacy will target women from low-income families and low education.

“They don’t understand the meaning of the agreement when they decide to be surrogates, thus they will be at high risk of harm.“Surrogate mothers will get only a short-term benefit from the money,” she added.“On the other hand, their husbands will get angry with those surrogate women. They will accuse them of having sex to be a surrogate.“It will affect the emotions and trust between husband and wife. They will face family tension.“For example, if a baby born via surrogacy has abnormalities and the people who wanted the baby flee, who is responsible?

“The surrogate mother will have to take care of these babies. It is another burden for these women.”Ms. Socheap said this had happened in the US, where surrogacy is legal in some states, and in India and Nepal. At the meeting with Mr. Sokhonn, Ms. Christiansen said she would pay special attention to helping pregnant women whose lives are at risk during childbirth. Especially, she would focus on projects to reduce the maternal death rate during childbirth in Cambodia.

Surrogates Summoned to Court IN CAMBODIA as Parents Left in Limbo

Recent Article again reiterates that Officials in Cambodia are drafting Exit strategy.  Its just wait and Watch but ultimately All will get to leave.

Cambodian women identified as surrogate mothers hired by a jailed Australian nurse have been summoned to testify against their employer in court, but have failed to turn up partly out of fear of what might happen, according to a judge.

Ros Piseth, an investigating judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said on Tuesday the women had been summoned for questioning in an ongoing investigation into surrogacy broker Tammy Davis-Charles, who was charged in November for her role in connecting surrogate mothers with foreign parents.

Officials were quick to reassure intending parents they would be allowed to take the children home if they stepped forward and took responsibility for them, but some have since become stuck in the country, unable to leave with their newborn babies.

Ms. Bun Eng said parents with surrogate babies were forbidden from leaving the country with their newborns until a newly drafted exit strategy was approved.

“We have already prepared it, but we need to have it checked by the committee in order to have it for the implementation,” she said.

 

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