10 Nov 2008

CNMI websites on birth tourism close

11:49 am on 10 November 2008

Two websites advertising to Japanese and Chinese women to have their babies in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas in order for the children to gain US citizenship have shut down.

Saipanbaby.com has a note on its site in Japanese stating the website has been suspended.

Babysaipan.com has a similar message.

The two websites were advertising that, for a cost of 15,000 to 40,000 US dollars, women could come to the CNMI to give birth.

Women would stay in the Commonwealth for two to three months before giving birth at the Commonwealth Health Center.

Both sites touted the 14th amendment and birthright citizenship as reasons to have babies in the CNMI.

Two similar websites, advertising services to Korean women to have babies in Guam, were also shut down recently.