We have just learned that Governor Jindal has vetoed H.B. 187, which would have opened the door to create a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple.
This is the second time a surrogacy bill has landed on the Governor’s desk, and thankfully both times he has vetoed this legislation.
Governor Jindal said in his veto letter (PDF),
While some progress has been made, and the legislation has been improved, I must nonetheless veto this legislation out of an abundance of concern regarding the ramifications of government-endorsed surrogacy contracts and how this legislation impacts the way we value human life.
We again applaud the Governor’s leadership in vetoing a bill that would have been bad for both women and children. Women are meant to be mother’s not breeders for others.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.