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[23PacRimLPolyJ0461] Why Japan Should Legalize Surrogacy

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dc.contributor.author Wolf, Trisha A.
dc.date 2014-08
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-11T17:56:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-11T17:56:24Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04
dc.identifier.citation 23 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 461 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1369
dc.description Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, volume 23 no.2, April 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Beyond a recommendation from the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology to not work with patients who want to engage in surrogacy contracts, no legal framework exists for regulating surrogacy in Japan. Because of this recommendation, as of December 2013, only one doctor in the entire country will work with families using surrogates. Therefore, Japanese families often travel abroad to use surrogates, generally to the United States, India, or Thailand. Surrogacy tourism creates a number of problems. Babies born to surrogates have been considered stateless because neither the surrogate’s country nor Japan recognizes them as citizens. Furthermore, Japan’s complex family registry system makes it difficult to adopt children. Finally, surrogates in India are often very poor women forced to live in abject conditions during their pregnancies. Because recently passed regulations in India may prevent Japanese couples from entering into surrogacy agreements there, the Japanese government should get serious about establishing a legal framework for surrogacy, potentially using Israel’s system as a model, in order to ensure that Japanese women have a safe and regulated way of engaging in surrogacy. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [23PacRimLPolyJ0461] Why Japan Should Legalize Surrogacy en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Compilation © 2014 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Association en_US


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