if surrogate laws in New York are as rigorous as they are in Utah.
Surrogacy here was, until fairly recently, illegal. But in 2005, the
Legislature approved surrogacy for married couples willing to jump
through some rather daunting hoops.
For starters, the
couple must not be able to have their own children. They must pass a
home study. Both parties must pass a psychiatric evaluation. The
surrogate then must relinquish all legal rights to the child. Also, the
surrogate must be financially stable (i.e., not on welfare), have been
pregnant before and be able to get pregnant again. All parties must be
Utah residents. And the couple must pick up the tab for the surrogate's
medical costs ... all of which can creep upwards of $30 grand.
Highly entertaining, though, was debate over this issue at the Legislature back in 2005. In a Deseret News article (dated Feb. 17, 2005), then state Rep. (now Sen.) Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said she "was worried that the new law would be used by 'career women' to start a family, and open the prospect of a market 'where we are going to save our best heifers, I mean women, for breeding.'"
Career women vs. heifers? Isn't it just like the Legislature not to be able to have a respectful and thoughtful debate about this challenging subject? Discussing sex, gender and reproductive issues at the Utah Legislature is the ultimate "tilt" for most of our elected officials. But let's face it, it's not easy casting religious beliefs as laws. Good Christians must fall on their swords to protect the sanctity of unborn life, no matter how strange and inappropriate that effort might be.
And so, Sarah and Matthew, on your next Sundance visit, go ahead, bring the babies. We love babies here. But maybe keep that "career" thing you've got goin', Sarah, on the DL. It unnerves our lawmakers.