New York passes bill allowing commercial surrogacy

 

The bill, which is supported by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, was passed after an amendment to include a 'Surrogate's Bill of Rights', such as the sole right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, and access to healthcare funded by the intended parents.

However, the bill would need to be approved by the State Assembly in order to become law. Several prominent members have said that they will not be supporting the legalisation of commercial surrogacy.

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick told the New York Post: 'I certainly do not think that there is sufficient protection for the women who do not appear to be considered as people in the arrangement, but rather as the donor and the surrogate.'

She told the New York Times: 'It is pregnancy for a fee, and I find that commodification of women troubling.'

The bill has also received criticism from outside the state legislature. In a written message to lawmakers, the political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem said that permitting commercial surrogacy would put 'disenfranchised women at the financial and emotional mercy of wealthier and more privileged individuals'.

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