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Compromise surrogacy bill advances in La. House

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Posted: Mar 25, 2014 12:33 PM by Melinda Deslatte
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: surrogate mother, surrogacy birth, louisiana legislature

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.

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