- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State senators will consider whether to create a state regulatory framework governing surrogacy births in Louisiana.

The House voted 83-14 Wednesday to advance the measure to the Senate for consideration.

Supporting lawmakers argued that surrogacy, the arrangement in which a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another couple, is not illegal under current Louisiana law and regulations would protect all involved in the agreement. Contracts are currently unenforceable in state courts.

Under the proposal, women must meet a lengthy list of requirements to qualify as surrogates, but opponents of the bill have raised moral and ethical concerns about the arrangement.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed two previous attempts to develop a legal framework after each bill passed the House and Senate.

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House Bill 1102: www.legis.la.gov

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