New York Governor Hopes to Lift Ban on Commercial Surrogacy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—fresh from signing legislation allowing abortions even if the infant is born alive—said that he would ask the Legislature to repeal the law banning paid surrogacy contracts that his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, put in place in 1992.

If passed, the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) would allow New Yorkers to pay a woman to carry to term a child conceived through in-vitro fertilization. Surrogates can get paid as much as $50,000 to carry a baby to term. This LGBT-supported bill would also expand the definition of parent to include same-sex parents.

“New York’s antiquated laws frankly are discriminatory against all couples struggling with fertility, same sex or otherwise,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This measure rights this wrong and creates a new and long-overdue path for them to start families . . .”.

However, Kathleen Gallagher, the New York Catholic Conference director of pro-life activities, said, “This is the buying and selling of children and the exploitation of women. There are going to be poor women exploited by wealthy couples.”

Beyond making children a commodity, Gov. Cuomo’s legislation would be putting a stamp of approval on the creation of families in which the child is intentionally deprived of a mother for the emotional well-being of adults.

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