The Child Parent Security Act (CPSA), which will reverse the ban on compensated surrogacy in New York State, was passed by the NY Senate earlier this year, and is likely to come up for a vote in the Assembly in the 2020 legislative session.
Several organizations that support the reform have assembled more than 30 speakers to help answer core questions such as: how do you justify the payment of compensation to gestational carriers, and what is this compensation for? What does academic research show about medical and psychological outcomes for the parties involved? What do medical, psychological, and legal experts recommend? How do surrogates and their families feel about the proposed bill? And what is the position of leading human rights organizations?
“While we think it is the most comprehensive and thoughtful surrogacy legislation ever drafted, the CPSA also faced criticism and claims that not enough discussion has taken place about ethical concerns,” said Ron Poole-Dayan, the Executive Director of Men Having Babies, an organization that offers education and financial assistance to thousands of prospective gay fathers. “Therefore, we put together a program to offer medical, legal, ethical and historical perspectives on this debate, a review of relevant research findings, and a thorough analysis of how we think the proposed surrogacy legislation addresses core ethical issues & essential best practices,” he said.
“We know firsthand how complicated gestational surrogacy can be when advocating for this family building option with lawmakers,” said Barbara Collura, the President and CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This forum was an excellent opportunity to take an in-depth look at the impact of current and proposed policy in New York.”
Among the speakers were several surrogates, their young adult children, children born through surrogacy, academic researchers, representatives of community organizations and international human rights organizations, and leading legal, mental health and medical experts.
The program was attended by about a hundred community activists, representatives from NY legislative offices, professionals, academicians, students, parents and prospective parents.
Senator Brad Hoylman, who led the approval of the CPSA in the NY Senate, said: "The Trump Administration recently announced new rules to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents. For many in the LGBTQ community, gestational surrogacy could be the only option to start a family. Yet for decades, families like mine have had to travel out-of-state for gestational surrogacy. It’s long past time New York ends the antiquated ban on gestational surrogacy so LGBTQ couples and people experiencing infertility can build their families here at home. I'm grateful to Men Having Babies for hosting this important event, and I'm committed to passing my bill to legalize gestational surrogacy in this year's legislative session."
“New York is known as a place where every type of family is welcome. Unfortunately, our state’s progressive ideals fall short when it comes to supporting LGBTQ people and so many others who want to become parents,” said The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality. “The Child Parent Security Act is a gold-standard bill that protects the rights of surrogates and intended parents and is supported by over 70% of New Yorkers. We look forward seeing this bill pass into law in 2020.”