Effort to repeal a New York law making it illegal to compensate a woman who carries a child for another person

Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman via nysenate.gov

New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child.

Legislation to permit and regulate surrogacy agreements has failed to get a final vote in Albany for years but supporters are optimistic about its chances now that Democrats control both legislative chambers.

The bills’ Senate sponsor, Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman, now has two daughters who were born to surrogates. Hoylman said New York’s law forced him and his husband to travel out of state to find a surrogate.

via AP