Fairfax Media earlier reported that a surrogacy agent who helped coordinate the agreement between Pattaramon and the Australian couple told her to abort the pregnancy after doctors learnt one of the twins had Down Syndrome.<quoted text>
Why have borders?
That says it all. This is who we're are dealing with, folks.
Pattaramon told the newspaper she refused the abortion because of her Buddhist faith.
Donors to the fundraising website criticised the baby's abandonment.
"Poor innocent baby. He did not ask to be deserted. I hope that he can be cared for and loved and live," wrote one donor, who added that she had an "adorable" daughter with Down Syndrome.
Commercial surrogacy, in which a woman is paid to carry a child, is not permitted in Australia but couples are able to use an altruistic surrogate who receives no payment beyond medical and other reasonable expenses.
However, Surrogacy Australia said more couples choose to go overseas than find an altruistic surrogate at home, with 400 or 500 each year venturing to India, Thailand, the United States and other places to do so.
P.S. The boy, Gammy, and a twin sister were born to Thai woman Pattaramon Chanbua in December after she was reportedly paid Aus$16,000 (US$14,900) to be a surrogate.
An unnamed Australian couple took the sister, who was healthy, but left Gammy behind, according to media reports.