Pawlenty vetoes bills on sick-leave use, surrogacy contracts
He said that surrogates should be able to make their own medical decisions and that added sick leave would be costly.
Last update: May 17, 2008 - 12:09 AM
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed several family-related bills Friday.
The governor rejected one that would set up requirements for surrogate mother agreements, citing lack of protections for women who contract to carry and deliver children for others, including failure to establish the surrogate mother's right to make her own medical decisions while she's pregnant. Pawlenty also expressed concerns that the bill "fails in any manner to recognize or protect the life and rights of the unborn child."
Advocates had argued that the bill would establish the legal parentage of children born of surrogate mothers and would "minimize the few negative situations" that inevitably occur under such arrangements.
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Thank you Gov. Pawlenty for listening to concerned Minnesotans and protecting the rights of the unborn and mothers during pregnancy.