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Some Groups Say Surrogacy Bill Exploits Women
A contingent of advocacy groups today warned that a bill regulating contracts between potential parents and gestational carriers, or surrogates, would exploit women and promote the buying and selling of babies. The bill (S1599), which is up for a floor vote before the full Senate Thursday, provides guidelines for legal contracts between couples and the woman who carries their fertilized egg. The bill only applies to surrogates who are not genetically related to the baby. Opponents of the bill run the ideological gamut, from New Jersey Right to Life to the National Organization for Women. Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex), a co-sponsor of the measure, said the bill is designed to plainly lay out what the responsibilities of the intended parents and the carrier are, to clear up issues that have come before courts.