Surrogacy: The legality, the life implications, and the future of the industry

Sponsored by St. Thomas Law Lex Vitae

Date & Time:

Friday, April 15, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Free--lunch included


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 244

The legal status of surrogacy has been hotly contested since the 1980s, beginning with the "Baby M" case. This was the first instance of American courts dealing with the validity of a surrogacy contract. Since then, states have come up with a patchwork of surrogacy laws, ranging from allowing the practice to outright bans. Most states, including Minnesota, are silent on the validity of surrogacy contracts as a matter of public policy. Come discuss the implications of proposed surrogacy legislation in Minnesota, and the shifting landscape of surrogacy both nationally and internationally. This topic is particularly timely as a surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with a high-profile case in California where a surrogate mother is questioning the constitutionality of surrogacy after she refused to abort one of triplets she was carrying in violation of her contract.

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