I admit that while I've been busy settling into my life in Colorado, surrogacy was not on my mind much. So when I began viewing surrogacy news this week, I was fairly horrified at all the things that have been going on in Thailand. (here, here and here) Needless to say, the Thai government has started cracking down on surrogacy in will what will likely end in the commercial surrogacy industry being shut down completely. Meanwhile, many parents and their new children have been barred from leaving the country.
I think for a lot of hopeful parents, going to a third world country can seem like an attractive option because of the cost savings. But there is a lot to be said for choosing to have your children where both the baby and surrogate will have access to good medical care, and where there is a long and stable history for surrogacy, with laws and regulations to back up the rights of the intended parents as well as the surrogates.