The Louisiana House gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would enforce contracts between parents and the surrogate mothers carrying their children.
House Bill 1102 goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who will sign the measure into law, Richard Carbo, his communications director, said shortly after the vote.
The House voted 86-3 on some technical wording changes made by the state Senate.
Similar legislation was approved in 2013 and 2014, but both bills were vetoed by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, who sided with religious opponents.
State Rep. Joe Lopinto sponsored one the previous efforts. He took the podium to thank his colleagues for approving HB1102 during his last few weeks as a legislator. The Metairie Republican is leaving the House to join the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The measure, sponsored by Lafayette Republican Rep. Stuart Bishop, sets a framework for reproductive contracts between a woman who would carry the child to term and the parents who would take the baby at birth. Such contracts are unenforceable under state law.
To become a surrogate under HB1102, a woman must meet a lengthy list of requirements, such as being between 25 to 35 years old and having already given birth to at least one child. It requires the gestational mother to attend counseling and would clearly set into law that the contracting parents’ names go on the baby’s birth certificate.
HB1102 was intensely opposed by right-to-life groups, Louisiana Family Forum and the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops. They argued that contracting surrogates undermines the state’s position on abortion rights and creates ethical problems.
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