- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators have strongly supported a bid to create a state regulatory framework governing surrogacy births.

The Senate voted 30-6 Tuesday to support the bill. The House must approve minor technical changes before sending it to the governor, who has said he’ll sign it.

Currently, contracts for surrogacy, the arrangement in which a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another couple, are unenforceable in state courts.

Supporters say regulations would protect all involved in the agreement. Women must meet a lengthy list of requirements to qualify as surrogates, under the measure.

Critics 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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