Taiwan All Abuzz over Surrogacy Issues

November 28, 2012
Editor: Wu Linfei

According to the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights, current draft regulations on surrogacy in Taiwan are not enough to protect the rights and interests of surrogate mothers. 

According to the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights, current draft regulations on surrogacy in Taiwan are not enough to protect the rights and interests of surrogate mothers. [File Photo]

According to the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights, current draft regulations on surrogacy in Taiwan are not enough to protect the rights and interests of surrogate mothers. [File Photo]

The statement was issued at a press conference on November 20, 2012, at which Kung Hsien-lan, deputy director of the Bureau of National Health, also said that they would discuss the legalization of surrogacy.

Chiang Huei-chen, deputy secretary-general of the KMT (Kuomintang) Legislative Caucus, said that more than 5,000 couples are interested in having babies through surrogacy, but are unable to find surrogate mothers outside Taiwan, causing many legal problems. Therefore the Taiwan Department of Health has proposed relevant policies on the issue.

Executive Director of Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation Kang Shu-hua said that surrogate mothers should have their fundamental human rights and personal privacy protected.

Kang also said that she thinks surrogate mothers face greater pressure and risks than natural mothers.

Huang Sue-ying, director general of Taiwan Women’s Link, said that surrogacy may worsen inequality between social classes as the childbearing functions of disadvantaged women may become commodities of those who are better off.

According to the surrogacy draft issued by the Bureau of National Health, qualified surrogate mothers should be women aged from 20 to 40 who have had childbearing experience, which may encourage poverty-stricken single mothers to choose to become surrogate mothers.

Executive Secretary of the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights Zhuang Yizhen added that surrogate mothers may become attached to the babies they carry, negatively affecting them emotionally and mentally after the surrogate contract ends.

(Source:Chinanews/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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