Lawmakers in Washington are attempting to create surrogacy rules to allow wealthy same-sex couples to buy babies, according to Bob Unruh of WND. Since same-sex couples cannot produce children in the traditional way, they must adopt or find surrogate mothers to have them; so Dem lawmakers claim changes are needed “due to the lack of equal treatment for same sex couples.”
Critics of the Uniform Parentage Act say the bill opens up the potential to exploit poor women, and State Representative Liz Pike expressed disgust at the legislation, claiming Democrats turned the “beautiful altruistic act” of surrogacy into a financial transaction. The bill does not limit the amount of money people can charge for a baby, and in its current form even allows convicted felons to buy them.
Uniform Parentage Act
The Uniform Parentage Act passed through the Legislature as well. The 55-page bill covers a lot of areas regarding parental rights and acknowledgment, but also allows for paid surrogacy, which critics say amounts to baby selling.
Stacey Manning told lawmakers it’s led to devastating consequences in other states, including a case where a two men had a son through surrogacy for the sole purpose of sexually abusing the child.
“This bill would create the same legal climate that exists in California where, in 2016, triplets born to a surrogate were commissioned by and currently are in the custody of a single, 50-year-old deaf-mute diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, anxiety, and a history of cruelty to animals. These people would never have been permitted to adopt but this bill paves the way for anyone to purchase a child.”
Others say it will lead to low-income women thinking of this as a way to make money.
But Democratic Senator Jamie Pedersen says not allowing commercial surrogacy doesn’t stop it from happening.
“We’re not really stopping compensated surrogacy, we’re just ensuring that it happens in an environment that’s more expensive and is also less protective both of the intended parents and the women acting as surrogates and then ultimately of the children.”
The Uniform Parentage Act is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
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