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Published on Feb 20, 2019
This bill is outrageous! Del. "Rip" Sullivan's HB 1979 would mark a dramatic policy shift in the creation and treatment of human life, the rights of children, the basis for parenthood, the significance of marriage, and the dynamics of the parent-child relationship. While the Senate did fix the part of the bill that allowed for the "ownership" of human embryos, it failed to address the other serious problems - especially the need to protect babies and mothers from surrogacy contracts that actually require abortions and/or the barbaric practice of "selective reduction."
In surrogacy contracts, oftentimes the surrogate mother is implanted with numerous embryos in order to increase the chances of at least one of them developing to term. In order to prevent the possibility of more babies developing than the "intended parents" desire to have, the contracts will often include a requirement for "selective reduction," which is the horrific practice of killing some of the babies in the womb, while leaving one or more alive. Some contracts also allow the intended parents to be able to require abortion of the child(ren) if the child appears to have a disability, or simply if they change their minds about wanting the child. This is common in surrogacy situations, and this bill dramatically expands the ability to enter into such agreements, but without prohibiting these horrible abortion requirements.
The Senate rejected an amendment to make any contract clauses for required abortions and "selective reductions" null, void, and unenforceable. The Commonwealth of Virginia should not allow any agreements that require the killing of innocent pre-born babies up to the point of birth.