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Massachusetts House Unanimously Passes Bill to Allow Women to Sell Their Babies...

• By Cassandra MacDonald

The Massachusetts House has unanimously passed a bill that would allow women to sell their babies to the highest bidder.

The bill passed under the guise of LGBTQ rights.

Under the state's current laws, paid and traditional surrogacy is permitted — but for traditional surrogacy, the would-be "parents" must adopt the baby and, therefore, pass a background check. Additionally, at least one of the parents must be related to the infant.

Live Action explains:

However, adoption protects children from abuse due to the regulations that are involved in the process. There is research on the negative outcomes for children who live with non-biologically related parental figures. One study found, "In studies across a wide range of cultures… [t]he single best predictor of child abuse is the presence of a stepparent in the home. In fact, the risk of even unintentional deaths, such as drowning, is greater in stepfamilies than in intact or single-parent families."

Background checks exist in the adoption process to protect children from being placed in dangerous homes.

In a recent case, Adam Stafford King was arrested this year for allegedly planning to sexually abuse the baby boy he and his partner were expecting via surrogate. Background checks that are not required in surrogacy could have stopped Mark Newton and Peter Truong from sexually abusing a boy they paid a Russian woman to carry in 2005. Police believe they wanted to have a child "for the sole purpose of exploitation." The boy's abuse began just days after he was born and video shows Newton abusing him less than two weeks after his birth. The men traveled the world for more than six years, selling the boy for sex with at least eight men, recording the abuse, and uploading the footage to the "Boy Lovers Network."

The bill would also change the description of "parenthood," under the law from being based on biology or adoption to a "person's intent to be a parent of a child."