Wrap-up of N.J. Assembly committee measures (March 19, 2015)

BY MELISSA HAYES AND DUSTIN RACIOPPI The Record 

Gestational carriers

The Assembly Human Services Committee released a bill that would create the “New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act,” which aims to provide legal protections to those struggling to conceive a child who use a gestational carrier.

Unlike traditional surrogacy, gestational carriers do not use their own eggs and therefore have no genetic relationship with the child. The act considers advances in reproductive technologies and would permit gestational carrier agreements in the state.

“Without this legislation, intended parents and gestational surrogates will continue having children through these arrangements but without legal protections or they will be forced to move to other states that afford them more security,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, in a statement.

Huttle, chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, sponsored the legislation with Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union. A Senate version sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck and Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Midlesex, passed 21-13 last month. It now heads to the Assembly for further consideration.