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As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Kiev - Tears of joy stream down Andrea Viez's face as she lifts her baby boy, born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine."He's a star," the Argentinian in her late 40s says, her voice trembling.

'Under the table': Cambodia's surrogate mothers risk jail for Chinese couples

Phnom Penh - Pregnant and scared, Yin hides in a house on the outskirts of Phnom Penh -- one of an untold number of Cambodian surrogate mothers risking jail time for lucrative payouts from Chinese clients.

Cambodia charges 33 mothers with trafficking over China surrogacy

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian court on Friday charged 33 surrogate mothers paid to deliver babies for Chinese couples with cross border human trafficking, an official said, refusing them bail on accusations that can carry a 20-year jail term.

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Phnom Penh - A raid by Cambodian authorities on an illegal surrogacy business in Phnom Penh uncovered 33 women paid to deliver babies for Chinese couples, police said Saturday.

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Bangkok - A wealthy Japanese man was Tuesday granted "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, in a court ruling that paves the way for him to take them to Japan.

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Bangkok - A Bangkok court on Tuesday granted a Japanese man "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, a ruling that paves the way for him to take custody of the group.

Cambodia jails Australian nurse over surrogacy clinic

Phnom Penh - An Australian nurse who ran surrogacy services in Cambodia that matched foreign couples with local women was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday, as authorities in the impoverished kingdom tackle the "rent-a-womb" businesses.

Surrogacy remains a lure for Cambodia's poorest despite ban

Takeo - Peeling a mango inside her rickety wooden shack, Chhum Long explains how her daughter's decision to nurture a Western couple's baby in her womb helped her family buy two desperately needed items: a metal roof and a motorbike.

India's poor fear 'rent-a-womb' industry shut down

Anand - At a hostel for dozens of pregnant women, impoverished widow Sharmila Mackwan weighs up her decision to carry twins for another couple -- her only ticket out of poverty -- as the government moves to close India's multi-million dollar surrogacy industry...

Indian IVF doctors slam move to ban commercial surrogacy

Ahmedabad - Leading Indian fertility doctors and surrogate mothers Thursday criticised a move to ban commercial surrogacy, saying it will severely limit options for childless couples and women who carry others' babies as a way out of poverty.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Gay couple's lives 'destroyed' by custody war with Thai surrogate

Bangkok - A foreign same-sex couple battling a local Thai surrogate for custody over their infant daughter said Wednesday their lives had been "destroyed" by the 14-month legal war that has prevented their family from returning home.

French surrogate mother on trial for defrauding two gay couples

Blois - A French court is trying a woman on charges of defrauding two gay couples who hired her as a surrogate mother, which is illegal in France.

Italian minister wants surrogacy treated like 'sex crimes'

Rome - Italy's acrimonious debate over gay civil unions intensified on Thursday after the interior minister said the paid use of surrogate mothers should be treated like a sex crime.

India to ban booming surrogacy service to foreigners

New Delhi - India's government said Wednesday it would ban foreigners from using surrogate mothers in the country, a move likely to hit the booming commercial surrogacy industry.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Bangkok - Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says

Sydney - An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy.

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says

Sydney - An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy.

Thailand vows 'leniency' in surrogacy cases

Bangkok - Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

Australian couple in Thai baby scandal want boy back

Perth - An Australian couple at the centre of a Thai surrogate scandal Sunday denied they deliberately abandoned their baby son because he had Down's syndrome and said they would fight to get him back.

Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

Perth - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.

Australia investigates 'paedophile' father in Thai baby scandal

Perth - Australian authorities were Wednesday investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

Australian in Thai surrogate case 'has child sex convictions'

Perth - An Australian father accused of abandoning his Down's syndrome baby has convictions for child sex offences, reports said Tuesday, as the surrogate mother said she was willing to take back the boy's twin sister if the allegations were true.

'I will never abandon' Down's baby says Thai surrogate

- The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down Syndrome vowed Monday to "never abandon" him after the Australian parents reportedly refused to care for the child, sparking a moral debate and a cascade of donations for the boy's medical care.

Australia queries 'moral responsibility' over abandoned Down's baby

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday a question of "moral responsibility" should determine the fate of a baby born with Down Syndrome, reportedly abandoned by an Australian couple with its surrogate mother in Thailand.

Fears of Australia surrogacy ban over abandoned Down Syndrome baby

Sydney - Reports that an Australian couple abandoned a baby with his surrogate mother in Thailand because he has Down Syndrome have raised fears Australia will ban international surrogacy, a support group said Saturday.

A loyal friend delivers the gift of life after a tragic loss

Des Moines - A Iowa woman's baby is born by surrogacy just four months after her death from cancer, as hope is born out of a tragic loss.
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