Good news in NJ! NJ.com reports, “A state Senate panel Thursday advanced a bill that would loosen New Jersey’s strict surrogate parenting laws.” The current law states parents must wait 3 days after birth before listing their names on their child’s (born through surrogacy) birth certificate. Clearly, many parents want to be recognized legally immediately and therefore choose surrogacy in other states. This can increase fertility treatment prices, as intended parents may need to take more time off work and fly to doctor appointments.
Originally put in place after the Baby M case in 1986, “The 72-hour waiting period after a surrogate gives birth was designed to give the surrogate time to decide whether to relinquish her rights to the newborn.” But today, with more intricate screening processes and surrogacy contacts, fertility experts are saying the law “is so behind the times.”
Update: The bill, eliminating the 3-day wait period for parents to put their names on their baby’s birth certificate, passed the Senate with a 22 to 11 vote!