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Jindal vetoes surrogate birth rights bill

1 year ago May 31, 2014 May 31, 2014 Saturday, May 31 2014 Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:28:37 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill to set out the legal rights of adoptive parents, child and surrogate mother when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for someone else.

He says legislators worked out some questions that prompted his veto of a similar bill last year. But Jindal's veto letter says he cannot sign the bill because people who oppose abortions still don't like it.

Rep. Joe Lopinto, the Metairie Republican who sponsored the bill, says he does not know whether he will ask the Legislature to override Jindal's veto during the session's two remaining days.

A veto override would need 70 votes in the House and 26 in the Senate.

The House voted 72-7 for the bill. But the Senate vote was 22-11.

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