A top legal official from the health ministry said Vietnam should allow surrogacy only between family members to prevent it from being turned into a commercial service.
Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the Legislation Department at the ministry, said a ministry draft resolution on implementing the Marriage and Family Law suggests that Vietnam only allow women to be surrogates for a relative within three generations as proven by local authorities.
Each woman should be limited to provide surrogacy only once, Quang said in a Tuoi Tre newspaper report Tuesday.
An independent council is expected to be formed to approve each specific surrogacy case by checking the relationships between two women and their reproductive health.
Justice Ministry officials have considered legalizing surrogacy for humanitarian purposes to support women who are unable to give birth due to medical reasons.
The service has already been provided for infertile women and poor ones needing money in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Officials said as it is still outlawed, the government is unable to protect those involved, especially the babies, when conflicts arise.
In many cases the surrogates only rent their wombs, but others also donate their eggs or have sex with the husbands of infertile women under agreements but officials said the law will not allow the latter form of surrogacy.
Surrogacy is illegal in many Western countries including France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden, as well as in China and Japan.
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