Surrogacy legal framework bill meets strong Senate support
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators have strongly supported a bid to create a state regulatory framework governing surrogacy births.
The Senate voted 30-6 Tuesday to support the bill. The House must approve minor technical changes before sending it to the governor, who has said he'll sign it.
Currently, contracts for surrogacy, the arrangement in which a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another couple, are unenforceable in state courts.
Supporters say regulations would protect all involved in the agreement. Women must meet a lengthy list of requirements to qualify as surrogates, under the measure.
Critics have raised moral and ethical concerns about the arrangement.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed two previous attempts to develop a legal framework after each bill passed the House and Senate.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Tigerland Double Homicide Suspect Arrested
Tips on preventing house fires
Arrest of Tyrese Magee in connection with fatal Tigerland Shooting
Video of brawl after Scotlandville football game sparks two investigations
Rejoice! Days ahead of schedule, drivers seen using both sides of Sunshine...