Gov. Cuomo calling for surrogacy reform

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There’s a new push to repeal a New York state law making it illegal to compensate a woman for carrying a child for another person.

New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child.

New York State has led the way for progressive reforms for the LGBTQ community and women’s equality movement, said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. It is unconscionable that people need to leave the state to have a child due to New York State’s antiquated surrogacy laws. 

Legislation to permit and regulate surrogacy agreements has failed to get a final vote in Albany for years but supporters are optimistic about its chances now that Democrats control both legislative chambers.

Advocates gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to highlight the effort.

The bills’ Senate sponsor, Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman, now has two daughters who were born to surrogates. Hoylman said New York’s law forced him and his husband to travel out of state to find a surrogate.

Governor Cuomo is now pushing for the New York legislature to pass surrogacy reform.

I urge the legislature to join the countless LGBTQ and women’s equality advocates and reform New York’s surrogacy laws now. Too many families have struggled for too long.

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