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Online Monitoring about Illegal Surrogacy Arrangement on a Commercial Basis in Korea

Moon Hannah 1 PARK SO-YOUN 2 Myunghee Kim 1

1(재) 국가생명윤리정책연구원
2경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

In recent years surrogacy services in Korea, with increasing infertility as well as high quality Assisted Reproductive Technology, have emerged as serious problems. The Korea’s Bioethics and Safety Act on surrogacy bans illegal acts that provide or use an embryo, ovum or spermatozoon for money or act as broker for providing or using them. Since 2012, the Korea National Institute for Bioethics Policy (KoNIBP) performed online monitoring about these illegal acts by capturing the information and submitted the list of them to the Ministry of Health and Welfare to delete the posts. After the correction order, the number of illegal cases steadily declined from 2,025 illegal cases in 2012 to 748 cases in 2015 (decrease of nearly 4 cases per month). However, under current law, it is hard to regulate all improper behaviors from who seek or provide surrogacy services and this law is in dire need of reform. We call for legislation that regulates inappropriate surrogacy arrangement on a commercial basis. Furthermore, we also have an urgent need of social consensus involving parents, professionals and surrogate mother or father.

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