[Australia] Separated twin sister, Pipah, with Wendy and David Farnell (bio father)
by Sharon H Chang
A couple years ago young Thai mother Pattaramon Chanbua agreed to be a surrogate for Australian couple David and Wendy Farnell. It was a disaster.
Last week Thailand legally banned commercial surrogacy, which is now a criminal offense.
I always try to remember these children in the work I do. I consider them my brothers and sisters, part of my diaspora. Though sometimes distant in miles (sometimes not), our histories are nonetheless connected, fates intertwined, stories interwoven. I know in working to hear the experiences of their lived lives I can better understand my own and the life I now live with my family. Certainly I often find we have more in common than I would have ever thought. My hope is you can join me too in thinking about the painful patterns – the system – I have unveiled here; in sitting with the discomfort, reflecting on your connections to something that most refuse to even look at. There is so much to be gained from seeing and so much lost from leaving anything behind.
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There are train wrecks all the time, but the trains keep running.
Surrogacy laws need to be written to include background checks and written so that no one is allowed to take advantage of the other.
Surrogacy needs to be win-win or no deal.
PS – half way down the article there is a horrific revelation if you haven’t guessed that already. better sit yourself down for this one.
I asked myself how the dad ever got out of jail, then I realized – white privilege.