TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A bill to ban surrogacy in Kansas has been shelved.
On day two of hearings about the bill, its author State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-10) told the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee she had no intention of doing anything more with it.
She said the bill was meant to spur discussion. Pilcher-Cook and other supporters of the bill said they were worried poor women would be exploited and they said they were concerned about potential health effects on the children as well as the women who bore them.
Another state Sen. David Haley (D-04) suggested another reason she pulled the bill:
"I believe that the push back frankly, the public pushback has pretty much sent to the chair who is the driving force for this measure that the public is simply not interested in seeing the rights of parents to find a surrogate abridged.