Gov. Cuomo looks to lift state ban on paid surrogacy

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to lift the state ban on paid surrogacy in New York.

Melanie Cintron, suffers from a condition that causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The family had to use a surrogate in Florida, since paid surrogacy is illegal here in New York. Cintron says that it made the entire process extra stressful - emotionally and financially.

Cintron says the family spent over $100,000 and had to take out loans to afford the surrogate.

"Growing a family is really important for people and not everyone is able to do it the traditional way," Cintron said. "I'm hoping that stories like this are shared so people can understand how difficult it was to go through it not having the support from New York state."

In the past, the proposal has been opposed by some Republican state lawmakers and the Catholic Church.

The New York State Catholic Conference sent an opposition memo to the Legislature stating, "This bill turns vulnerable women into incubators and children into commodities to be bought and sold. The threat of trafficking of both women and girls, as well as the babies they bear, and the risks to their health and well-being are too much to ignore."

 

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