Free market pregnancy?

Family | U.S. bucks international trend as more states legalize commercial surrogacy
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/01/18, 03:32 pm

New Jersey has joined a growing number of states that have legalized commercial surrogacy. On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Act, a controversial law that allows women to carry and give birth to children for money.

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Washington state OKs commercial surrogacy

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.

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Texas case highlights surrogacy pitfalls

Family | Some experts argue the process commodifies women and children, and should be illegal
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/12/18, 02:23 pm

The case of a little boy born in Texas last month exemplifies the human rights abuses that can happen with surrogacy, a growing business in the United States.

In early 2017, two adults hired a Texas woman as a gestational surrogate—a woman who carries an embryo not genetically related to her. It was the woman’s third time as a surrogate. Despite widespread media reports about the case and the involvement of local prosecutors, the surrogate and the parents have remained anonymous.

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