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Thais to inspect all surrogacy clinics following babies row

Authorities in Thailand are to inspect all clinics offering surrogacy services to see if they are operating within the law after a Thai woman who carried twins for an Australian couple was left caring for a baby with Down Syndrome.

The case has caused controversy in both Thailand and Australia, bringing calls to prohibit commercial surrogacy in the Southeast Asian country to end a lucrative trade.

In Australia, the case has sparked calls for an overhaul of surrogacy laws to cut the number of couples travelling abroad to find surrogates.

The nationwide inspection in Thailand would start next week, Lieutenant Colonel Chatmongkol Wasinamorn of the police consumer protection division said yesterday.

Commercial surrogacy is against the Medical Council of Thailand's code of conduct. Surrogacy is permitted if blood relatives are the surrogates, although exceptions are permitted.

The surrogate mother, Pattaramon Janbua, 21, has said she agreed to a fee of 350,000 baht (£6,500) to carry the twins for the Australian couple.

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