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Business of surrogate mothers brought into global spotlight

TOKYO -- The recent news of an Australian couple who allegedly refused to adopt a disabled baby from a Thai surrogate mother, and of a surrogacy scandal involving a Japanese man in Thailand, have brought the issue of surrogacy into the global spotlight.

     Pattaramon Chanbua, the Thai surrogate mother, after hearing of the Australian couple's decision, told local and international media on Aug. 5 that she would take care of Gammy, the suddenly unwanted child. The Thai woman said that she gave birth to twins for the Australian couple in December, but that the couple refused to take Gammy, a boy with Down's syndrome, back to Australia.

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