Monday, January 27, 2014

Proposed Law in Kansas would make it a crime to make money off being a surrogate mother

It appears that some in the state of Kansas want to further impede on your right to contract.  According to the Kansas City Star, Mary Pilcher-Cook, thinks it should be illegal to charge money to be a surrogate mother.  The purported bill will make surrogate mothers taking money to have a child for someone else a misdemeanor and punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and a year in jail.  Here is the Kansas City Star article.

Kansas bill would make surrogate motherhood for pay a crime

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— A Kansas Senate committee’s chairwoman is pushing a proposal that would make it illegal to pay women to be surrogate mothers and void existing surrogacy contracts.

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The Public Health and Welfare Committee was meeting Monday afternoon to begin two days of hearings on the proposal from Shawnee Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook.

The bill is patterned after a law in the District of Columbia. Pilcher-Cook has said she’s concerned that Kansas has no laws dealing with surrogacy contracts and she worries about women being exploited.
The measure would cover both oral and written surrogacy contracts.

A person who arranges a contract for pay or other compensation would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

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