February 10, 2020

Virginia Bill Would Prevent Surrogate Mothers from Being Forced to Abort

Virginia State Capitol
Credit: Ron Cogswell / Flickr
The Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 290 last Tuesday. If it is passed into law, surrogacy contracts that say a surrogate mother must abort if they are pregnant with multiples or a child is diagnosed with a disability will be "void and unenforceable."

Senator Mark Peak, the sponsor of SB 290, said that the bill was both pro-choice and pro-woman. “This is not an antiabortion bill,” he said on the Senate floor. “The choice remains with the pregnant mother.” SB 290 would still allow a surrogate mother to abort if she so chooses.

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