ALBANY — Advocates, lawmakers and families will head to the state Capitol once again Wednesday to call for the passage of a bill that would legalize gestational surrogacy in New York.
The Child-Parent Security Act would bring New York in line with more than three dozen states that have legalized the practice, in which a surrogate carries a child they are not related to for another couple or hopeful parent. New York is currently one of only two states that outlaws compensated surrogacy contracts.
Those pushing for the law say it’s necessary to ease a currently burdensome process for hopeful families in New York and to help settle confusion and legal uncertainty for children who are born via surrogate in states without established surrogacy laws.
Supporters also say it expands access to parenthood for those who may be unable to have children another way, such as those who struggle with infertility, hopeful single parents, same-sex couples, and those who are unable to carry a pregnancy safely to term.
Those advocating for the bill Wednesday will include Brad Hoylman, its sponsor in the state Senate, and Amy Paulin, its sponsor in the Assembly, as well as the Protecting Modern Families Coalition, New York families who have used surrogacy, surrogates who have helped New York families, and other advocates.
Advocates have pushed for the bill, or some version of it, since 2013.
Bethany Bump writes about all things health, including state and local health policy, addiction and mental health for the Times Union. She has previously covered education, business and local governments, and won awards for her coverage of health care and addiction issues. Bump joined the Times Union in 2015, after a four-year stretch at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, N.Y. She graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. Contact her at 518-454-5387, [email protected] or on Twitter @bethanybump.