New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday backed a measure that would legalize paid surrogacy, making her the latest high-ranking state official to endorse the proposal.
"The current proposal has been well-researched, well-written, and will not only support families, but provide critical legal and medical protections to surrogates, parents, and children,” James said in a statement. “I respect the legislative process and look forward to meeting with members of the legislature to address their concerns so we can move forward to adopt this proposal.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it one of his top priorities for this legislative session and launched a 'Love Makes A Family' campaign.
The website has an area people can sign a petition in support of legalizing surrogacy and has specific details on the bill.
Cuomo included paid surrogacy in his budget proposal last year and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins even held a press conference with Andy Cohen, a TV star known for his work on Bravo, to help garner support for the bill.
But in the end, it hit a roadblock with Assembly Democrats and failed to pass at the end of the legislative year. Assembly members were worried that low income women might be taken advantage of and wanted stronger protections for surrogates.
New York is one of the last states to legalize paid surrogacy.