Report: New Policy Allows Surrogate Moms to Transmit Citizenship to Baby
A new report is calling attention to an Obama administration policy that gives citizenship rights to babies born overseas to a surrogate American mother.
The Daily Caller reports:
President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to let the surrogate birth industry sell U.S. citizenship — and access to the U.S. welfare system — to foreign parents who never even set foot in the United States.
The fertility clinics will be able to pocket the profits, after granting access to American education, health, welfare and retirement services to the foreign children and the foreign parents.
The giveaway is accomplished by a surprise change in regulations, which redefined the term “mother” to include women who contract to carry other women’s embryos to birth.
“Under this new policy, a mother who meets this definition but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will … be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met,” says the announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The announcement, which was made along with the Department of State, is titled “USCIS Expands the Definition of ‘Mother’ and ‘Parent’ to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology.”
The "Outnumbered" panel discussed some questions about possible loopholes with this policy.
Harris Faulkner pointed out that this could allow American surrogates to demand more money for carrying the child of a couple in another country, since the baby would then have U.S. citizenship.
A surrogate is generally paid between $25,000-$30,000 for carrying a child.
Andrea Tantaros said it makes sense to have rules in place for pregnant American women who happen to deliver a baby overseas, but questioned why this policy is needed.
Watch the discussion above and let us know your thoughts.