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Minnesota Seeks to Regulate Surrogate Pregnancies

April 10, 2008 10:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The proposed law dictates that babies carried by surrogate mothers belong to their intended parents at birth. Opponents say it legislates for "baby selling."

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Other provisions in the bill stipulate that surrogate mothers be at least 21 years old, already have a child of their own, and be assessed for mental and physical fitness.

Opponents of surrogacy contend that the law would merely "legalize the selling of babies."

Surrogacy, the practice in which mothers carry and give birth to children on behalf of the infertile, is a controversial issue worldwide.

In India, it is a growing practice that can help women support their families financially.

Meanwhile in Japan, supporters of surrogacy are speaking out. There is no legal ban against surrogate pregnancy, but obstetricians barred the practice in 1983.

An editorial in Japan's Asahi newspaper stated that it is difficult to determine the extent to which people are "allowed to intervene in the creation of a new life." However, "society must reach a consensus on the best possible options, keeping in mind the feelings of couples who are desperate to have children."

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