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 State: Minnesota Bill Numbers: SF 348 and HF 437
Updated: October 19, 2016

  • Description of Bill: This bill would establish a Commission made up of state legislators to analyze surrogacy and review ethical considerations of allowing this to occur in Minnesota.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Analysis of Bill: The Legislative Surrogacy Commission would be made up of legislators and the organizations behind this bill have clearly stated their preference is to ban gestational carrier surrogacy in Minnesota. This seems to be far outside the expertise of a Commission and does not serve the interests of Minnesota residents.  
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HF 437, which RESOLVE helped defeat last year, has been rolled into the House’s omnibus HHS finance bill, HF 3467. HF 3467 passed the House with the Surrogacy Commission provision and is headed to Conference Committee. The 2016 Minnesota legislative session just concluded, and we are very disappointed to report that the Legislative Surrogacy Commission was passed as part of a funding bill in the final hours of the session.
  • Link to Bill: As Introduced: SF 348HF 437; As added to: HF 3467 (scroll to line 205.1) 
  • To read about the organizations behind this bill, visit their website link here.
  • Read "Legislators Taking Aim at Third-Party Reproduction" published by choiceMoms.org.
  • Read "Surrogacy policies need more thoughtful development, committee votes" published in the Minnesota Session Daily.
  • Read "The Future of Surrogacy in Minneresota" published by the Huffington Post.
  • Download Some People Need Help to Build a Family in MN (PDF)
  • Volunteer Request: Supporters of surrogacy on the Commission wrote a report that received the signatures of 8 Commission members, a majority of the 15-member Commission; however, several of the signators could not be present at the meeting so opponents of surrogacy on the Commission did not approve the report and instead supported a final report that would restrict and perhaps even eliminate gestational surrogacy in Minnesota under some conditions. This is the report that is being presented to legislators as the final report of the Commission, even though it does not reflect the views of the majority of Commission members or the testimony of Minnesota residents. Please send this message to your State Senator and Representative to express your disappointment. And register now for Minnesota Advocacy Day on February 7 so that every lawmaker understands how gestational surrogacy benefits MN families and that fertility options available today should not be taken away. Act now!

State: Minnesota Bill Number: SF 3531 and HF 3948 
Added: April 19, 2016

  • Description of Bill: This bill would establish a task force of key stakeholders to study surrogacy in Minnesota and develop recommendations for the Legislature. Unlike the surrogacy commission described above, the proposed task force would include all stakeholders, both within and outside of state government, to assure that all views are heard and considered.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 04/14/2016. The House bill was introduced and referred to the Civil Law and Data Practices Committee on 4/21/2016.
  • Link to Bill: SF 3531HF 3948

State: Missouri Bill Number: HB 2558 and SB 1129 Bill Name: Changes the laws regarding custody of in vitro human embryos 
Updated: January 12, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is a so-called "personhood" bill and establishes that the “in vitro human embryo is recognized as a human being in this state…and has all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced in the House and read for the second time on 02/17/2016. A hearing before the Children and Families Committee was scheduled for 03/15/16.The bill passed the Children and Families Committee with Amendment on 04/20/16 and was referred to the Select Committee on Social Services, where a hearing has been scheduled for 05/02/16. The Committee voted “do pass” on 05/02/16 to have the bill with amendments placed on the House calendar.The amendments have now been added to an unrelated Senate bill, SB 735. One amendment was passed by the House but was stripped from the bill in the Senate on 5/11/16.   
  • Link to Bill: HB 2558SB 1129Amendment ending in .23H; Amendment ending in.33H
  • Read RESOLVE's Letter of Opposition.
  • Volunteer request: Thank you to everyone who called and sent letters to lawmakers – your advocacy made a difference in stopping this legislation. However, we do expect it to be re-introduced next year so please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to stay up to date on this legislation.

 

State: Missouri Resolution Number: HJR 98 Resolution Name: “Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life” 
Updated: May 16, 2016

  • Description of Resolution: This House Joint Resolution is so-called "personhood" legislation that “recognizes the right to life of every unborn human child at every stage of biological development.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HJR 98 passed out of Select Committee on Social Services on 4/18/16 and passed the full House three times and reported to the Senate on 5/5/16 and referred to the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families, and Children on 5/12/16. 
  • Link to Bill: HJR 98
  • Read RESOLVE's Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Volunteer request: Thank you to everyone who called and sent letters to lawmakers – your advocacy made a difference in stopping this resolution. However, we do expect it to be re-introduced next year so please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to stay up to date on this legislation.

 State: Missouri Bill Number: HB 1794 Bill Name: The “All Lives Matter Act” 
Added: January 26, 2016

  • Description of Bill: HB 1794 is a so-called "personhood" bill and establishes that “the life of each human being begins at conception and is hereby deemed a person.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was read a second time on 1/07/2016.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1794
  • Read RESOLVE's Policy on Personhood Legislation.

 State: New Jersey Bill Numbers: S 1238 and A 910 Bill Name: New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act
Added: February 14, 2016

  • Description of Bill: This bill would codify into law best practices in gestational carrier surrogacy agreements.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE support these bills.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: A 910 was introduced and referred to Assembly Human Services Committee on 01/27/2016; S 1238 was introduced and referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 02/08/2016.
  • Link to Bill: S 1238A 910

State: New Jersey Bill Number: A 1447 and S 1398 Bill Name: An Act concerning infertility coverage under certain health insurance plans.
Updated: January 12, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill expands the current infertility insurance mandate in New Jersey “to certain women that are currently denied coverage for those benefits under certain health insurance plans… such as lesbians, women without partners, or women with partners who have protected intercourse.”.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Assembly bill has been introduced and referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on 01/27/2016. The Senate bill was introduced and referred to State Commerce Committee on 2/11/2016. The Assembly bill was passed out of committee on 9/8/16 and now heads to the full chamber; the Senate bill was passed out of the Commerce Committee on 9/8/16 and heads to the Budget and Appropriations Committee. The Senate bill will be heard by the Budget Committee on 12/15/16 and the Assembly bill will be heard by the Appropriations Committee on 12/15/16. The Senate bill was reported from the Budget Committee on 12/15/16 and passed by the full Senate on 12/19/16. The Assembly bill was reported out of the Appropriations Committee on 12/15/16; a vote has not been scheduled by the full Assembly. 
  • Link to Bill: A 1447; S 1398
  • Read NJ insurance mandate.
  • Volunteer Needs: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts stay up to date on this important legislation.

State: New York Bill Number: S 7219 and A 10137 Bill Name: The Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA)
Updated: October 19, 2016

  • Description of Bill: This bill expands the current infertility insurance mandate in New York state to include insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation for cancer patients and adds non-discrimination language to ensure that all eligible individuals can receive coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced on April 7, 2016 and assigned to the Insurance Committee. The House bill was introduced on 05/12/16 and assigned to the Insurance Committee. The House bill was heard on 6/14/16 and reported to the Codes Committee, where it was reported out to the Rules Committee on 6/15/16. The legislative session ended on 6/16/16 and the bills will be re-introduced in the next legislative session. 
  • Link to Bill: S 7219; A 10137
  • Read the current State insurance mandate and RESOLVE’s letter of support for FAFTA. 
  • Local Volunteer Needs: We need everyone in New York to meet with your lawmakers while they are home in their districts this fall.  We have provided everything you need to set up these meetings in your district, including talking points and handouts.  Click on the FAFTA Tool Kit and join the FAFTA Facebook page to share your outreach and receive additional updates. 

State: New York Bill Numbers: S 2765 and A 4319 Bill Name: Child Parent Security Act
Updated: June 23, 2016

  • Description of Bill: This bill legalizes compensated gestational carrier arrangements in New York State and clarifies parentage for intended children from gestational surrogacy and from donor egg, sperm, and embryo.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the Senate and Assembly and assigned to committees. Bill A 4319 was referred to the Judiciary Committee on 1/6/16.
  • Link to Bill: S 2765A 4319
  • Read "Battle Over Paid Surrogacy Opens New Front," published in Time magazine and “Make Surrogacy Legal in New York,” published in the Albany Times Union.
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts here to help move this legislation forward in the next legislation session. 

 

State: New York Bill Numbers: S 05569 and A 07647 Bill Name: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization treatments
Added: August 18, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill expands the current infertility insurance mandate in New York state to include insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the Senate and Assembly and assigned to committees.
  • Link to Bill: S 05569 A 07647
  • Read the current NY State insurance mandate.

State: New York Bill Number: A 06203 Bill Name: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to mandating insurance companies to provide coverage for non-experimental infertility treatments
Updated: August 31, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill mandates insurance companies to provide coverage for non-experimental infertility treatments; provides that coverage shall not be required to include the diagnosis and treatment of infertility in connection with the reversal of elective sterilizations, sex change procedures, cloning or medical or surgical services or procedures that are deemed to be experimental; provides the superintendent of financial services in consultation with the commissioner of the department of health shall determine infertility for purposes of coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the Assembly and assigned to committee. The bill was referred to the Insurance Committee on 1/6/16.
  • Link to Bill: A 06203
  • Read the current NY State insurance mandate.

 State: South Carolina Resolution Number: S 719 
Added: April 1, 2016

  • Description of Resolution: This is not a bill per se, but a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to “extend the privileges and immunities of citizens of this state to born and preborn persons beginning at conception.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution received a favorable report 3/17/16 in the Senate Judiciary subcommittee and is now on the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda; the Chairman has said that the issue will remain at the bottom of the committee's agenda and should not move farther this session.
  • Link to Bill: S 719
  • Read RESOLVE's Policy on Personhood Legislation.

State: South Carolina Bill Number: S 10
Added: January 3, 2017

  • Description of Bill: An act to amend the insurance law to require coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance on 12/13/16.
  • Link to Bill: S 10
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

 State: Virginia Resolution Number: VA [R] HR 19  Resolution Name: "Beginning of life; life of human person commences at conception" 
Added: February 10, 2016

  • Description of Resolution: "Beginning of life. Recognizes and finds that the life of the human person commences at conception, also known as fertilization, and that the United States Supreme Court 1973 Roe and Doe decisions striking down state laws criminalizing abortion, which protected preborn children, are based on false science."
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution was referred to the Constitutional Law Sub-committee on 2/4/16.
  • Link to Bill: HR 19
  • Read RESOLVE's Policy on Personhood Legislation.

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