Surrogacy is an ancient and rapidly expanding industry in the United States and abroad. Despite this, the legal landscape governing surrogacy contracts remains tenuous in a majority of states—including Wisconsin. In 2013, the Wisconsin Supreme Court took the first step in developing surrogacy contract law in Wisconsin. Absent legislative guidance, the court fashioned a reasonable foundation for surrogacy contracts. However, its decision does little to ensure that intending parents and surrogate mothers who enter into such agreements fully understand their responsibilities and have assurances that their expectations will be met. This Comment does not seek to argue, as many others have, the merits of surrogacy or the limitations the law should place on the practice. Rather, it seeks to illustrate the Rosecky decision’s place within the legal landscape and suggest one provision that could form a foundation for much needed legislative guidance.
Joshua J. Bryant,
A Baby Step: The Status of Surrogacy Law in Wisconsin Following Rosecky v. Schissel,
98 Marq. L. Rev. 1729
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/mulr/vol98/iss4/8