MHB warns of irresponsible attacks on surrogacy families

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As we wrote before, a bill in Albany has the potential to finally make surrogacy legal (only 2 other states still do not allow this…). It is the best legislation we have ever seen, with a “Surrogate Bill of Rights,” measures to make sure women are not exploited, and protections to all involved. However a vocal opposition may prevent it from even getting a vote in the Assembly, vilifying surrogacy as “baby selling”, “child trafficking," etc. Their irresponsible and false attacks may not just lead to a missed opportunity, but also to lasting stigmatization of our families. Read More...

MHB calls for legalizing surrogacy in New York State

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Men Having Babies is calling for legalizing surrogacy in New York, describing the proposed Child Parent Security Act (CPSA) as "the most comprehensive and thoughtful surrogacy legislation ever drafted." MHB is urging the thousands of NY gay men in its network, current and future fathers, to encourage their legislators to pass the bill, and join us for the June 11th Albany Lobby Day.

On May 29, 2019, MHB's executive director, Ron Poole-Dayan, joined several experts and community leaders to testify in hearings about the CPSA at the NY Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Brad Hoylman. Poole-Dayan offered the perspective of our board and team, which includes parents, surrogates and allies. He spoke about the need for the CPSA, its alignment with MHB's Framework For Ethical Surrogacy, and our hope the legislature steers clear of amendments that can render the bill not just ineffective but also harmful. Read More...

Italian associations call to legalize surrogacy based on the ‘international coalition for surrogacy ethics’ that emerged from MHB’s Brussels conference

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On September 27th, 2016, following their participation in MHB’s Second Annual Conference on Parenting Options for European Gay Men, four Italian associations announced their support for the “international coalition for surrogacy ethics” that was formed at the Brussels conference. The four include Famiglie Arcobaleno (Italy’s LGBT parenting association), Associazione Luca Coscioni, Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti, and UAAR. They joined several other organizations from the USA, Europe and Israel that already endorsed MHB’s set of 12 parameters for the ethical use of surrogacy that were developed in collaboration with an advisory committee comprised of surrogate mothers.*
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Brussels conference offers European gay men hope of parenting through surrogacy and adoption in the USA and Canada

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The “Parenting Options for European Gay Men” conference, hosted by the NY based organization “Men Having Babies”, attracted more than 200 prospective gay fathers from 10 countries, and also garnered intense media attention. The conference served to raise awareness of limited domestic parenting options for European gay men, amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation.
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MHB's Brussels conference attracts unprecedented media attention, sparking debate about surrogacy and gay parenting

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Our “Parenting Options for European Gay Men” conference held in Brussels May 2-3 attracted more than 200 prospective gay dads from 10 countries, and intense media attention. This came amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation. While criticism came from both the right and left sides of the political spectrum, we had our say through numerous interviews with our board members, the surrogates who came with us form the USA, European parents and conference attendees. Read More...