Bill to dramatically upend surrogacy in South Dakota fails in the House of Representatives

Source Mitchell Republic

PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would have ended surrogacy in South Dakota as it is currently practiced failed on Thursday, Feb. 17, in a close vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The GOP-dominated chamber voted 38-29 in opposition to House Bill 1311, which would have declared null and void any so-called “pre-birth” contracts between prospective parents and a gestational carrier or surrogate.

The vote followed at times stormy rhetoric on the House floor, as bill supporters characterized the practice of surrogacy as tantamount to a violation of human rights.

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