Child-Parent Security Act To Pass in New York State

Modernization of Family Building Law Welcomed by Family Equality and partners in the Protecting Modern Families Coalition

Albany, NY — The Protecting Modern Families Coalition, led by Family Equality, welcomes passage of the Child-Parent Security Act in the 2020 New York State Budget. Millions of New Yorkers need assistance building their families — people struggling with infertility, cancer survivors impacted by treatment, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. For many, surrogacy is a critically important option. For others, it is the only option. Passage of the Child-Parent Security Act is a massive step forward in providing paths to parenthood for New Yorkers who use reproductive technology, and creates a “surrogate’s bill of rights” that will set a new standard for protecting surrogates nationwide.

“We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Attorney General Tish James and so many others for their steadfast leadership and tireless advocacy on behalf of all families, no matter how they’re created. The Child-Parent Security Act will serve as a national model for forming and protecting families as well as the surrogates who want to help them. New York has a proud tradition of progressive leadership, and today we add to the legacy of Seneca Falls and Stonewall by saying loudly and clearly that love makes a family.”
The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality, the organization spearheading the Protecting Modern Families Coalition

“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who struggle with infertility, I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Attorney General Tish James, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and so many others for delivering on New York’s progressive legacy. Thanks to you, women and men struggling with infertility have new hope to create the families we have always dreamed of. Here in New York, love makes a family.”
Risa A. Levine, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Protecting Modern Families Coalition

The Protecting Modern Families Coalition is a project of Family Equality, and advocates for New York families who rely on advances in medical assistance to have children. The coalition is made up of leading women’s, LGTBQ, infertility, and faith organizations dedicated to passing the Child-Parent Security Act during the 2020 legislative session.

Supporters of the Child-Parent Security Act include: the Academy for Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Albany Damien Center, Alliance for Fertility Preservation, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Auburn Theological Seminary, The Breasties, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Equality New York, Family Equality, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Hispanic Health Network, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, Latino Commission on AIDS, The LGBT Community Center of NYC, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, The LOFT: LGBT Community Center (Westchester County), Men Having Babies, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Council of Jewish Women NY, New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation, New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Oasis, Latino LGBTS Wellness Center, Pride for Youth & Long Island Crisis Center, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, The Chick Mission, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, UJA-Federation of New York, Union Theological Seminary, and the Women’s Bar Association of NY.

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Read about the Child-Parent Security Act and learn how it improves New York law for LGBTQ prospective parents.

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