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Judge issues concern of parentage legislation

June 26, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill intended to update Rhode Island’s parentage laws faces new concerns in court.

Family Court Judge Michael Forte weighed in with concerns on Tuesday about the Uniform Parentage Act that won widespread support in the state Senate when it passed on June 6.

The Providence Journal reports that Forte approached the House requesting a study on the bill.

Bill supporters say it would spell out how parents who have children using donor insemination or surrogacy in Rhode Island can establish parentage.

The state is currently one of the few without any statutory guidance on parentage created through assisted reproductive technology.

Democratic Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee has been a lead sponsor of the proposed law for three years and believes the judge is a “roadblock” to the legislation’s success.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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