Was just checking this out today.
Fees and Compensation
The Washington UPA expressly prohibits the payment of money, objects, services, or anything else having monetary value in exchange for surrogacy services. However, the statute contains three exceptions, allowing intended parents to pay for a surrogate’s pregnancy expenses, medical expenses, and reasonable attorney fees. These exceptions cannot be read broadly to include the surrogate’s living expenses or lost wages. Violation of this prohibition is a gross misdemeanor, and applies to all surrogacy births in Washington, even if the contract is signed in another state. Because this restriction places a financial burden on surrogate carriers, most surrogacy arrangements in Washington are between family and friends. However, nothing in the statute prohibits strangers from entering into surrogacy arrangements, so long as the restrictions on compensation are obeyed.
Doesn't feel like a lot of wiggle-room!
TS for Two Fabulous Fathers
Baby Girl 4/2/2007