Compromise surrogacy bill advances in La. House
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers seeking to create a regulatory framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana have reached a compromise with Christian conservatives who initially opposed the effort.
That support could help sway Gov. Bobby Jindal, who vetoed a similar bill last year.
Surrogacy is the arrangement when a woman carries a child to birth for another couple.
Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he's pushing the legislation to add restrictions to surrogacy births that are taking place without guidelines on who can be a surrogate and the rights of parents.
The House civil law committee advanced the proposal to the House without objection Tuesday.
Leading social conservatives removed their objections after Lopinto agreed to prohibit compensation for the surrogate and add other limits.
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops remains opposed to the measure.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
State Attorney General to hold board meeting for support of the families...
JPSO deputy shot and killed a man after pulling a gun on...
Donations sought to upgrade police ballistic vests
BRAF's First Responders Fund has netted $200k+ in donations
Eight-year-old boy makes $20K donation to first responders fund