Surrogacy and Parental Rights
What if you brought a newborn home only to have that child taken away in a divorce? That's the situation some “intended parents” of children born via gestational surrogacy are facing. Texas House Bill 1704 is calling for changes to State law that would require parents in a divorce situation to disclose to the court that they have entered into a gestational agreement, with both parties intending to be the parents of the child. Right now couples do not have to do that, and it's caused heartache for many. Dr. Letitia Plummer, D.D.S., a Pearland dentist is leading the charge. She had a baby via a surrogate in India, but her ex-husband has full custody. If the bill which she co-authored with State Rep. Deshotel passes, parents will have the right to request custody of those children, and will be legally accountable for supporting them financially.