Proposed Legislation in Arkansas – Prohibits Enforcement of All Surrogacy Agreements

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Goodbye to Surrogacy in One More State? While places like Washington, D.C. have repealed their ban on surrogacy, Arkansas is potentially headed in the other (bad) direction. Last week, proposed legislation was introduced to prohibit commercial surrogacy altogether, as well as the enforcement of all surrogacy agreements – commercial or not, or entered into Arkansas or another state. For straight and gay couples alike, preventing intended parents from paying surrogates simply cuts down the number of potential surrogates, and makes it harder to begin or expand a family. As I’ve mentioned before, I would hope that free-market oriented conservatives would see the value in allowing a vibrant and free exchange of services for value. (i.e., carrying for compensation).

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