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New state law would clear confusion around surrogacy births

4 years 17 hours 8 minutes ago May 22, 2013 May 22, 2013 Wednesday, May 22 2013 May 22, 2013 9:41 PM in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are poised to streamline laws dealing with surrogacy births in Louisiana.

Some have suggested surrogacy births are currently taking place without clear guidelines on the legal rights of the parents, the surrogate or the child. The topic was of the focus of a News 2 report recently.

"The birth certificate would say the surrogates name, as the mother, and my husband's name, though biologically I'm the mother," said Kristy McKearn, who cannot carry a child because of a heart condition.

The Senate approved the measure and so did the House with an amendment banning gay and unmarried couples from entering into a surrogate contract. Before the House approved SB 162 Wednesday, religious groups rallied against it by raising ethical and moral concerns about surrogacy.

It now returns to the Senate for approval of changes.
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