Skip to comments.Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds surrogate mother agreements
Posted on 07/12/2013 4:52:24 PM PDT by Jean S
MADISON, Wis.Surrogacy agreements allowing for a woman to carry the child of another who is unable to get pregnant are valid contracts, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday, drawing praise from those who are working to make it easier for such deals to occur.
Wisconsin has no law governing surrogacy, or parentage, agreements, a fact noted by the Supreme Court in its unanimous opinion urging the Legislature to take action. In the meantime, the court ruled that the agreements are valid and able to be enforced, unless they are contrary to the best interests of the child.
However, the court also limited the scope of the agreements by saying they cannot also terminate parental rights of the surrogate.
"Surrogacy is currently a reality in our Wisconsin court system," Justice Annette Ziegler wrote, adding that legislation could help ensure that the courts and those involved in such agreements understand the expectations and limitations.
Richard Schoenbohm, an Appleton attorney who is a member of two national groups that advocate for the rights of parents in surrogacy agreements, hailed the decision, saying it will help remove uncertainty in the law.
"We weren't flying blind," he said. "We were able to find bits and pieces here and there, intentions in the law, logical extensions of the law, case law from other states where we thought we were doing the right thing. But until you get a decision like this, you never know for sure. It's good to have this decision."
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I have never understood how a woman could become an incubator for someone else’s child and then give it up. It is so unnatural.
The perversity of the nation marches on. God’s plan for the natural procreation of life cannot be tolerated. Lord, Jesus, come!!
In America today, "unnatural" is the new natural.