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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bill on assisted child birth brought forward

THE GOVERNMENT whip has agreed to push forward draft legislation on the protection of children born through assisted reproductive technologies so the National Legislative Assembly can consider it today, Prime Minister's Office Minister Suwapan Tanyuwattana said.

After a lengthy meeting at Government House yesterday, Suwapan said the whip agreed to deliver the bill today along with the Rubber Act draft bill that was designed to stabilise rubber prices and promote research and development.

The law on assisted reproductive technologies proposed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, which includes content relating to the Public Health Ministry's regulations on such technologies, would also cover surrogate pregnancy.

Suwapan said its key content included allowing married couples struggling to have a child naturally to use a surrogate, clarity about what doctors can and cannot do regarding surrogacy, and the clear prohibition of commercial surrogacy.

Meanwhile, 10 pharmacist representatives, led by Rangsit University pharmacy lecturer Kraisorn Chairoj-kanjana, have submitted a petition with some 1,600 signatures to the Pharmacy Council of Thailand in a bid to get a Pharmacy Profession Act amendment withdrawn from NLA consideration.

The group wants the council to call a special meeting so there can be widespread industry debate on the matter.

The amendment passed first reading in the legislature, with two more readings left.

Meanwhile, a network of ethnic and indigenous people yesterday submitted a petition to the National Reform Council asking it to improve their rights. NRC president Tienchay Keeranant Thienchai Kiranan received the petition.

Separately, Thienchai also recei-ved a petition from a network backing reinstatements of Thai citizenship, which urged the government to reform the country's policy when dealing with stateless individuals and the process for granting citizenship to exiled Thais.

The group said as certain ethnic Thais live in exile between country borders, they had never been granted citizenship.

The government had some 30,000 documented cases of such individuals and only 2,000 had been granted citizenship, it said.


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