For the second time in two years, Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have legalized surrogacy contracts in Louisiana.
“All Louisianians are at liberty today to engage in informal agreements regarding surrogacy – this is simply a question of whether we ought to codify and regulate such agreements,” the governor said in his May 30 veto letter.
“My heart goes out to those who face the tragedies of miscarriage and infertility. The inability to conceive or bear children is a deep wound in our society, unnoticed by most, and suffered by too many,” Jindal wrote.
“The desire to have a child is rooted in the love that created and sustains each of us – and when we seek the blessing of children, it is our best selves speaking to action.”
“However, despite the good intentions and hard efforts of the author, this legislation still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community. Thus, I cannot in good conscience sign this bill,” Jindal added, expressing his concern about “the ramifications of government-endorsed surrogacy contracts” and the manner in which they would alter “the way we value human life.”