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Case No. 17-0376

P.M. and C.M.
T.B. and D.B.

T.B., a gestational carrier of a child created from P.M.’s sperm and a donor egg, and her husband, D.B., appeal the district court order that established P.M. as the child’s genetic parent and disestablishing T.B. and D.B. as parents. T.B. and D.B. argue: (1) because D.B. is a birth mother, she is the biological mother as a matter of fact and under Iowa law; (2) the surrogacy contract is unenforceable against the birth mother and violates Iowa law and public policy; and (3) State court enforcement of the gestational surrogacy contract violates T.B’s and the child’s substantive Due Process and Equal Protection Rights guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.



P.M. and C.M.


T.B. and D.B.

Attorneys for the Appellee

Harold J. Cassidy
Andrew B. Howie

Attorneys for the Appellant

Kevin C. Rigdon
Philip J. De Koster

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Dec 13, 2017 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2018
Date Amended:
Apr 20, 2018
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