New York Child Parent Act Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

(McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds the passage of the New York Child Parent Security Act into law. This legislation lifts the current ban on compensated surrogacy and legalizes gestational carrier arrangements.

New Yorkers will now be able to legally build their family via a gestational surrogate. Gestational carrier pregnancies result from in vitro fertilization (IVF), so the woman carrying the pregnancy has no genetic link to the offspring.

I am ecstatic to learn that we have finally reversed the ban on compensated gestational surrogacy in New York. We know that infertility is painful enough without added obstacles. Now, moms in waiting can participate, with their surrogates, in their pregnancies, close to home,” said Risa Levine, New York resident and RESOLVE advocate. “And intended parents will be legal parents, right from birth. This is a colossal step forward for our community, and I am grateful for every single person who stepped forward to advocate and tell their stories. We did it!

RESOLVE expresses our deep appreciation to the champions of this legislation in Albany: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assemblymember Amy Paulin. Even in this time of crisis, they were able to envision a time when family building for infertility patients would resume, and wanted the greatest number of people to have access,” said Barbara Collura, President / CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This is a forward-looking, optimistic piece of legislation for when we resume treatment – a gift to people in New York who want to become parents.

RESOLVE works with grassroots volunteers, professionals, and other organizations across the country to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women wishing to build their family. By tracking bills in all 50 states, RESOLVE activates its grassroots advocacy network and professionals in the field to respond to bills that are pro-family or anti-family.

Legislative victories like this do not happen overnight. This victory is years in the making – we needed committed doctors, attorneys, and advocates who never gave up or gave in,” continued Collura. “I am also so proud of all our coalition partners in the Protecting Modern Families Coalition who made such a difference in bringing this over the finish line.

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.