The actions of one Australian couple following the birth of twins by their Thai surrogate has brought about some questions of ethics and possible action by the nation's top officials.21-year-old Pattaramon Chanbua was asked to be a surrogate for the unidentified couple.
"We are taking a close look at what can be done here, but I wouldn't want to raise any false hopes or expectations," Morrison told Sydney Radio 2GB. "We are dealing with something that has happened in another country's jurisdiction."In a later statement, Morrison's office said that "the child may be eligible for Australian citizenship" but declined to go into further comment. Citizens of the country are entitled to free health care.
She added that she was promised 300,000 baht, approximately $9,300, by a surrogacy agency in Bangkok, Thailand's capital, to be a surrogate to the couple but she said she has not received the full payment since the babies were born last December.
Doctors informed Pattaramon that the boy had Down syndrome during the seventh month of pregnancy and suggested that she abort the fetus.
She said that was never an option, adding that her personal beliefs call an abortion "sinful."
The foundation did say that Pattaramon and her family's wishes would have to be considered before any decision is made to fly Gammy to Australia.
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