Arizona residents need to know their rights when considering a surrogate arrangement

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PHOENIX -- The emotional and sometimes complicated situation of hiring a surrogate is something Crystal Kelley knows all too well.

Kelley was offered $10,000 to abort the child she was carrying after the ultrasound showed abnormalities. Kelley decided to keep the baby and moved to Michigan where she is considered the legal mother.  

The story is emotional and it raises many questions about the legality of using a surrogate. Attorney Nicole D. Siqueiros-Stoutner joined Kaley O'Kelley on “Good Morning! Arizona” Wednesday to help Arizona parents understand this sometimes complicated arrangement.

She points out that one must consider where they want to make the surrogate contract, especially if they live in Arizona.

“Arizona has a statute which makes it unenforceable to have a surrogacy contract,” said Siqueiros-Stoutner, who explained, “if you decide to enter into a contract with someone to act as your surrogate then that contract may not be enforceable down the line if maybe someone changes their mind.”

In a situation similar to Crystal Kelley’s, Arizona’s statute would make it even more complicated.