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Governor Whitmer Signs Historic Act To Legalize Paid Surrogacy in Michigan

Michigan has officially legalized paid surrogacy, making it the final state in the U.S. to embrace this significant step toward supporting families. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer enacted the Michigan Family Protection Act, aimed at safeguarding families formed through surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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During a ceremony in Royal Oak, Michigan, Governor Whitmer heralded the legislation as a move towards ensuring that families, especially those within the LGBTQ+ community, receive equal treatment under the law. 

She emphasized how surrogacy helps families struggling with infertility and same-sex couples who want to start a family.

Whitmer also pointed out how harsh penalties prior to this change, such as one year jail time and up to $10,000 in fines, had dissuaded several families from using this option.

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The new legislation not only abolishes these punitive measures but also introduces a legal framework that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of parents, surrogates, and children born through assisted reproductive technologies.

The legislative package clarifies parental rights, establishes criteria for eligibility for those who wish to birth such children, and ends the criminalization of compensation.

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Rep. Samantha Steckloff, who was pivotal in the legislation going through, underscored why it was absolutely critical to give legal status to the bond between parents and their children born via assisted reproduction. 

She voiced her concerns about the ongoing threats to reproductive rights across the country, citing a recent controversial ruling in Alabama regarding the legal status of frozen embryos as a case in point.

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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has expressed gratitude towards the legislature for the move. 

The enactment of the Michigan Family Protection Act marks a landmark moment in the ongoing efforts to affirm reproductive freedoms and support the diverse ways families come together.

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