Statement on the Passing of New Jersey Surrogacy Bill S-482

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) applauds Governor Phil Murphy on making gestational surrogacy legal in New Jersey, allowing men and women struggling with infertility to start or complete their families with the help of a gestational surrogate.

“This new law creates a higher level of inclusiveness when it comes to building a family in New Jersey,” said Dr. Richard T. Scott, CEO of IVI-RMA Global and a founding partner of RMANJ.  “As a leading infertility center in New Jersey and the U.S., we are encouraged that the path to parenthood has been expanded for our patients.”

Infertility affects one in eight people in the U.S., and many turn to gestational surrogates to help them have a child. For the last 30 years, New Jersey has viewed gestational surrogacy contracts as unenforceable, and those desiring the service have gone out of state. The new law changes that – individuals can now seek the services of surrogates in New Jersey.

RMANJ is optimistic this may represent a sea change for surrogacy in the U.S. and serve as a model for other states where these arrangements are currently illegal.

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