70+ Advocates to discuss legislation with Minnesota law makers during Advocacy Day
(February 7, 2017, McLean, VA) RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds Senator Sandra L. Pappas, (DFL) District 65, and Representative John Lesch (DFL) District 66B, for calling on the Minnesota legislature to pass the Gestational Carrier Act, which would allow for gestational surrogacy arrangements to be permitted and regulated in Minnesota. The legislation calls for setting clear standards for all surrogacy participants. More than 70 advocates will discuss this legislation with Members of the Minnesota State Legislature during Minnesota Advocacy Day today.
“RESOLVE thanks Senator Pappas and Representative Lesch for their leadership in ensuring that none of the family building options that are available to Minnesota families are taken away,” said Julie Berman, Minnetonka, MN resident and RESOLVE Board Chair. “The Gestational Carrier Act benefits Minnesota families. We support reasonable legislation to ensure that gestational surrogacy remains available and legal in Minnesota and is conducted in a manner that protects all participants.”
The Gestational Carrier Act provides that gestational surrogacy arrangements are allowed and regulated in Minnesota, and that the gestational carrier surrogacy arrangements must meet national standards. These standards include:
- independent legal representation of all parties;
- mental health evaluations of all parties;
- verification that the prospective surrogate is medically capable of carrying a child to term;
- clarification of parentage so that parents don’t have to pay legal fees to legally adopt their own child; and
- insurance coverage be provided to the gestational carrier.
RESOLVE will host its second annual Minnesota Advocacy Day today. The Minnesota family building community will come together to talk to Members of the Minnesota State Legislature about the Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act and other issues important to the family building community.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.