Louisiana passes bill limiting surrogacy to married (heterosexual) couples

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For today’s dose of anti-choice fuckery…

A bill has successfully passed the Louisiana House that requires “intended parents” to be married in order to be eligible for surrogacy. The bill states:

 “‘Intended parents’ means married persons who contribute their gametes to be used in assisted reproduction, and who enter into an enforceable gestational surrogacy contract, as defined in this Chapter, with a gestational carrier pursuant to which they will be the legal parents of the child resulting from that assisted reproduction.”

As if the aforementioned isn’t bad enough, Louisiana law also has an effective ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. So, same-sex couples, in addition to unmarried couples, and single folks are not eligible to use a surrogate to have a child. Wow Louisiana, way to kill multiple birds with one stone, or in this case, shame three groups with one bill.

People should be allowed to have children (using methods that they decide are best for them) regardless of marital status or sexual identity, especially in light of this recent study on same-sex parenting. There is no reason to deny these groups access to surrogacy.

Governor Bobby Jindal has yet to sign the bill.

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/aszele/ Alex Szele

    How long before they realize that they didn’t include language specifying that the straight married people don’t have to be married to each other?

  • http://feministing.com/members/kipruss3/ Tanya Nguyen

    To be honest, I’m not even sure how this can be a law. The government has no right defining a contract between persons, even in wierdo LA .

    If I agree with two men, to have their child, how can you regulate that.

  • http://feministing.com/members/kathrynj/ Kathryn Hyde

    And will they take babies away from couples who get divorced? Or if one parent dies?