Surrogate-Mother Law Proposed in Maryland

Friday, 29 Mar 2013 02:22 PM

By Bill Hoffman

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Maryland is weighing a law to regulate and protect the rights of surrogate mothers, those who hire them, and the children that result from the arrangement, the Baltimore Sun reports.

"Without law is when you end up with a rogue practitioner, and you don't have a leg to stand on and no remedy you can count on if you have a problem," Democratic Sen. Delores Kelley, a sponsor of the bill, told the newspaper.

She said the Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act — approved by the state Senate on Monday and now headed to the House of Delegates — would regulate surrogacy procedures, which as they now exist in Maryland are a legal "Wild West."

But opponents are against giving legal authority to a practice they say is morally objectionable.

"This is a slippery slope,’’ Republican state Sen. Edward Reilly, told the Sun. “It needs a lot more study. Next you will have the selling of kidneys and livers and eyes and things of that nature."

The proposed law outlines a bill of rights for surrogates and states that they are not the legal mothers. It also gives full parental rights to the parents who enter into agreement with surrogates and it spells out inheritance rights for the children.

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