Like so many around the nation on Friday, we were thrilled to hear the news that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York state. Here in Illinois we recently celebrated the legalization of civil unions and the benefits it will allow so many couples and families. While we hope for continued progress on that front, we are fortunate to live in a state that is very friendly to reproductive assistance, from reputable fertility clinics to insurance options to favorable statutes for surrogacy and egg donation.
It’s important to remember that surrogacy is not currently legal in all parts of the US. Many states have laws limiting various aspects of the process. Legal agreements, birth orders, and compensation are just a few of the sticky issues. In New York, surrogacy is strictly forbidden – the first offense for any kind of participation in a surrogacy arrangement is a fine of up to $10,000, and a second offense is a felony. In light of the state’s new marriage law, we can’t help but hope that progress for families will continue. As more couples choose to have children with the assistance of egg donors and surrogates, we hope the demand for responsible, accessible options will be answered. Just as these couples deserve an opportunity for the same legal rights for marriage, intended parents should have options when it comes to building their families.
Positive legislation that protects and empowers all parties in a surrogacy arrangement is something that we hope to see expanding across the country. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this progress!
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.