Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Jersey’s Surrogate Motherhood Bill and Its Vicious Opposition


Statists hate the bill because it facilities the use of consensual private contracts for surrogacy - it's voluntary and doesn't create any busybody government agencies to lord over how a woman chooses to use her own body.
A proposed New Jersey law would revise the state’s surrogate parenting laws to legalize a new type of surrogacy, called “gestational surrogacy.” ... Megan Demarco reports that the bill “provides guidelines for legal contracts between couples and the woman who carries their fertilized egg [and] would allow the intended parents to cover the surrogate’s expenses related to the pregnancy.” Remarkably, though unsurprisingly, various people and groups want gestational surrogacy outlawed. Demarco notes that “Opponents of the bill run the ideological gamut, from New Jersey Right to Life to the National Organization for Women.” Their main beef is encapsulated by attorney Harold Cassidy: “The exploitation of women if this bill becomes law is unfathomable.” Critics fear that the bill “will create a for-profit business, where ‘brokers’ will make a profit off vulnerable women.” These busybodies apparently believe that women are incapable of determining what is in their own best interest.
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