In what may be the second major step forward in surrogacy in the United States this spring, Brad Hoylman, Democratic State Senator for New York, announced yesterday the passage of Senate Bill S17A through committee. The Bill, if passed by the full assembly and signed into law, will effectively repeal New York’s two-decade-plus ban on compensated surrogacy. And, the Bill will allow intended parents and gestational surrogates to enter into surrogacy agreements and obtain a Judgment of Parentage from the court prior to birth.
The passage of the Bill by Committee does not overturn the law, but it is a major step forward toward that event. It may indicate that New York may soon join Washington, D.C. as the next long banned place to legalize compensated surrogacy.
Circle Surrogacy has long supported the organizations that have pushed for the repeal of New York’s ban on compensated surrogacy and is absolutely thrilled with this important move forward.
At Circle, we have four New York attorneys on staff and half of our domestic Intended Parents are from New York State. We regularly meet with potential Intended Parents at our offices in New York City. We can’t wait until we can locate local carriers for New York residents and use New York clinics to create and transfer their embryos. In addition, for our large European and international clientele, being able to do surrogacy in New York city will mean a significant reduction in travel time, since most direct flights from abroad go in and out of JFK Airport.
Congratulations Senator Hoylman and everyone who worked so hard to get to this important step.