Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2018 / 05:02 am
A proposal introduced earlier this year aims to expand the practice of surrogacy within the U.S. in an effort to include same-sex couples as surrogate parents and to loosen state supervision over surrogacy contracts.
The measure was proposed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) with the goal of updating the Uniform Parentage Act, which provides the current model legislation for the legal rights of surrogacy practices within the U.S.
A recent article by Professor Helen Alvare was published by the Institute for Family Studies which addresses the contention over the new push to remove state involvement with surrogacy practices, as well as opening the door to surrogacy for same-sex parents.
Alvare outlined the traditional route for parentage laws in the U.S., which were determined by virtue of the mother's giving birth to the child and the biological relationship between them, while the father's legal rights were determined by his biological relationship with the child.