New Surrogacy Laws Place Vulnerable Women at Greater Risk, Undermine Natural Bond Between Birth Mother and Child

    Michigan Upends Protections for Women Despite International Condemnation of Paid Surrogacy

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    State lawmakers failed to consider the totality of concerns present with paid surrogacy contracts, concerns that include protecting vulnerable women from exploitation and human trafficking, along with how the practice minimizes the dignity of motherhood and childbirth into a sale and delivery mechanism for the gain of others, Michigan Catholic Conference said in response to the signing of bills allowing the practice in Michigan.

    Despite International Alarms Over the Practice, Legislature Moving to Legalize Compensated Surrogacy Contracts

    MCC Urges Greater Protection for Dignity and Safety of Women, Calls on State to Promote Adoption Through Funding and Public Awareness

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    Allowing individuals to enter compensated contracts for the creation of children puts vulnerable surrogate mothers at greater risk of exploitation, MCC said in opposition to legislation that passed a state Senate committee, which would allow for compensated surrogacy contracts in the state and also make Michigan an outlier among the international community, which largely views surrogacy as a human rights violation.

    Following State of the State Address, Catholic Conference Urges Priority on Families

    State Budget Should Pave the Way for Long-Term Stability, Particularly for Low-Income Households, says MCC President and CEO

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    With the Governor delivering her annual State of State address this week and her next budget recommendation due to be released soon, MCC issued a press release urging her and lawmakers to pursue policies primarily aimed at helping families support themselves.