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Experts’ Report Examines Medical & Legal Basis for Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogates Feel Positively About Experience

Close up of glad married couple holding hands. Surrogate pregnant woman is sitting near them on sofa

NEW YORK, NY – A joint report released today by Dr. Steven Spandorfer of Weill Cornell Medicine and Sital Kalantry of Cornell Law School examines the medical and legal elements of gestational surrogacy. The report, which found no significant negative health outcomes or psychological impacts for gestational surrogates, was submitted to the New York State Legislature as it considers legalizing compensated gestational surrogacy this legislative session.

“Research shows that women acting as surrogates and their families have good psychological outcomes and feel positively about the experience,” said Dr. Steven Spandorfer, associate professor of reproductive medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

“Our analysis of surrogacy laws from across the country has determined that the Child-Parent Security Act would be the most comprehensive of any state statute in terms of protections for surrogates,” said Sital Kalantry, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School. “States across the country have moved to legalize gestational surrogacy over the past decade.”

Medical and Mental Health Implications of Gestational Surrogacy and Trends in State Regulations on Compensated Gestational Surrogacy, a joint report by Dr. Steven Spandorfer of Weill Cornell Medicine and Sital Kalantry of Cornell Law School, was submitted today to the New York State Legislature. For the full report, go to PDF icon surrogacy_report.pdf

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