RICH SINGAPORE GAY COUPLES FLY OUT OF SINGAPORE TO BEAR CHILDREN

MOST OF OUR SINGAPORE CLIENTS ARE GAY COUPLES: US SURROGACY AGENCY

by Theresa Tan, Straits Times

A surrogacy agency in the United States says most of its Singapore clients are gay men who are partners and want to be parents.

One of the men would supply the sperm, and they would use a donor egg and surrogate mother to have their baby, said the British Surrogacy Centre of California (BSC).

It told The Sunday Times that it has seen between five and eight couples a year from Singapore over the past few years and most were gay men.

The first babies to a couple from Singapore were born in 2006.

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The twins, a boy and a girl, were born to a Singaporean man and his British partner, who both worked in banking.

The centre's chief executive, Mr Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, said gay partners who want children usually head for countries that accord same-sex couples parental responsibility, such as the US and Britain. The birth certificate would list both men as the child's parents.

As one partner is the biological father of the child, there is no need for an adoption process, he said. "You don't have to adopt your own child."

He said his clients from Singapore have been well-heeled professionals in their late 30s and 40s, many working in finance, medicine or the media industries, who can afford to pay more than US$100,000 (S$125,000) to have a child through surrogacy.

The BSC was the only one among those contacted by The Sunday Times that said most of its clients were gay men.

Surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics in other countries said their Singaporean clients were mainly heterosexual couples unable to have children of their own.

For children born by Thai surrogates in Bangkok, the Singaporean couple adopts the child in Thailand in order to bring their baby back to Singapore, said Asian Surrogates' Mr Michael Ho.

This is because the Thai birth certificate would list the surrogate as the child's mother, with the Singaporean man who supplied the sperm named as the child's father.

He said: "Our Singaporean couples have had no problems bringing their babies back home."

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Straits Times 10 Aug 2014

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