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Lawmakers craft ‘bill of rights’ for surrogates

ALBANY — State lawmakers hoping to legalize paid surrogacy have tweaked their proposal in order to build support before the scheduled end of the legislative session next week.

The changes to the legislation stem from a public hearing last month and include added protections for surrogates, such as guaranteed access to legal advice and extended medical benefits. A vote on the measure is expected in the state Senate on Tuesday, which was first reported by State of Politics.

The measure would bring New York in line with more than three dozen states that have legalized the practice, in which a surrogate carries a child they are not related to for someone else. New York is currently one of three states that outlaw gestational surrogacy agreements.

Opponents to changing the law include the Catholic church and some women’s groups, who have raised concerns about surrogates being exploited. Critics of the legislation contend the agreements should only be available to couples not physically capable of reproducing.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat pushing the issue, said the amended bill text provides surrogates, genetic donors and intended parents the strongest legal protections in the country.

The legislation writes into law a “Surrogates’ Bill of Rights” to ensure …read more

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