Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Source:  The Spokesman-Review

This June 30, 2017, file photo shows the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Surrogate mothers could be paid for carrying a child for another couple under a bill that passed the Senate Thursday. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Surrogate mothers could be paid for carrying a child for another couple under a bill that passed the Senate despite criticism that it could turn babies into “commodities like a bushel of wheat or widgets.”

Washington law currently allows women to act as surrogate mothers, but not to receive compensation above the cost of medical and other expenses. A proposed change to the Uniform Parentage Act, which covers a wide range of issues involving parental rights and responsibilities, would allow a surrogate to be paid more than that by the couple who have arranged for her to carry a baby for them.

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