Clinic Releases Report on Surrogacy as New York Contemplates Potential Change to State Ban
New York, June 28, 2016—Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has released a report featuring a comprehensive survey of surrogacy law, arguments for and against the practice, and analysis of pending legislation in New York State. Currently, surrogacy is banned in New York, unlike in many other neighboring states, but the legislature has been considering an overhaul to this prohibition - during the recently-ended 2016 session, the proposed bill was the Child-Parent Security Act, Assemb. B. 4319, 2015 Assemb., Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2016).
The clinic’s report, Surrogacy Law and Policy in the U.S., discusses how surrogacy—the practice of carrying a child on behalf of someone else—raises many complex, contested, and ever-developing questions at the intersection of the law, science, ethics, and public policy. Surrogacy concerns both the most intimate and deeply personal aspects of family life, but also important public matters about promoting and protecting the best interests of vulnerable groups such as children, women, and minorities, both nationally and across international borders. At least several thousand children are born each year as a result of surrogacy arrangements, and this could be a significant understatement.