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La. House backs bill creating rules for surrogacy

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago April 01, 2014 Apr 1, 2014 Tuesday, April 01 2014 April 01, 2014 5:17 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - A proposal to create a legal framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana sailed through the House of Representatives, despite opposition from the state's Catholic bishops.

The House voted 79-14 Tuesday for the bill by Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto.

The lawmaker managed to reach a compromise with most Christian conservative groups over the proposal, which moves next to the Senate for debate. The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops remains opposed because the church opposes surrogacy and in-vitro fertilization.

Louisiana law currently has few regulations governing surrogacy.

Under the bill, surrogacy would only be allowed for married couples consisting of a man and woman. It would spell out who could be a surrogate. The surrogate would have to relinquish all rights to the child she would be carrying for the married couple.

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