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Booming Demand, State Protections Attract Commercial Surrogate Birthing

August 8, 2016

(Sacramento Bee) – Surrogacy has been done privately for years, often with a family member or friend willing to carry the baby. But the practice is quietly growing commercially as modern families change and more gay and foreign couples look to the U.S. for help. California is attractive for commercial surrogacy because the state offers some legal protection for surrogates and intended parents. Exact numbers are hard to get because there is little formal reporting. But notations by hospital clerks statewide provide evidence that the number of such births is growing.

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