Health Care

Michigan legalizes paid surrogacy

It was outlawed in 1988 after the Baby M case in New Jersey.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signs a package of bills aimed at improving access to surrogacy and IVF on Monday April 1, 2024. (Courtesy of the Michigan governor’s office)

Paid surrogacy contracts are now legal in Michigan after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a package of bills Monday that repealed a ban in place since 1988.

“Decisions about if, when, and how to have a child should be left to a family, their doctor, and those they love and trust, not politicians,” Whitmer said. “If we want more people and families to ‘make it’ in Michigan, we need to support them with the resources they need to make these deeply personal, life-changing choices.”

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