By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has sided with conservative groups and vetoed a bill that would have created a new legal and regulatory framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana.
Lawmakers had overwhelmingly voted to support the bill by Norco Sen. Gary Smith, who has two children with his wife through surrogacy. Jindal released his veto notification Friday.
Religious groups raised ethical and moral concerns about surrogacy.
In his veto letter, the Republican governor said questions and concerns about surrogacy weren't studied enough.
Backers of the legislation said surrogacy births are taking place without clear guidelines on the legal rights of parents, the surrogate or the child. They said the bill was written in consultation with judges, lawyers, experts in family law and theologians.
Senate Bill 162 can be found at www.legis.la.gov