Surrogacy births bill heads to Jindal for decision
BATON ROUGE - Surrogacy births in Louisiana will be subject to a new regulatory framework if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that has received final legislative passage.
The House gave final backing to the bill by Norco Sen. Gary Smith in an 87-8 vote Sunday. The proposal heads next to Jindal, who hasn't said whether he will support it.
The surrogacy bill has become one of the more controversial bills of the session.
Religious groups oppose the measure, raising ethical and moral concerns. Despite the opposition, support from the House and Senate was overwhelming.
Backers of the legislation say surrogacy births are currently taking place in Louisiana without clear guidelines on the legal rights of the parents, the surrogate or the child.