Gestational surrogacy contracts are enforceable in the court in the state of Rhode Island.
A surrogate is entitled to request reimbursement in excess of the expenses incurred.
Intended parents may enter into enforceable surrogacy agreements regardless of their marital status.
At least one of the intended parents must be a resident of the U.S.
State law defines some rights of the surrogate:
- She must have legal representation
- She has the right to choose her own medical professional
- Intended parents are the party responsible for any healthcare costs not covered by insurance
- Both the surrogate and the intended parents must undergo psychological evaluation
- The surrogate has the right to “make all health and welfare decisions regarding the gestational carrier’s health and pregnancy, including but not limited to, whether to consent to a caesarean section or multiple embryo transfer”. It also retains her right to an abortion.