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 348; HF 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!