Family | Critics say the law mistreats women and ignores children
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/09/18, 12:58 pm
The state of Washington this week legalized commercial surrogacy.
Opponents argued the measure exploits women and children by commodifying the womb, but advocates in February successfully pushed the bill through the state House and Senate by narrow margins. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed it into law Tuesday.
The measure updates the Uniform Parentage Act that governs how legal parent-child relationships are established or challenged. The law previously prohibited surrogacy contracts that included compensation.