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WA House: Paid surrogacy should be legal

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Women could get paid for being surrogate mothers under a bill approved by the state House.
     
On a 59-39 vote, lawmakers endorsed a bill Monday that would allow women to be paid for carrying a child to term for another person. Current state law bans compensation for surrogate mothers.
     
The bill limits contracts to "gestational surrogates," which means that the woman is not the child's biological mother.

Surrogates would have to be at least 21, and have previously given birth to one child.
     
The measure also would give state-registered domestic partners access to the Uniform Parentage Act, a law regulating child support and custody. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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