District of Columbia Enacts New Statute Permitting Surrogacy Contracts

In late December, the District of Columbia approved the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016


which establishes requirements for enforceable surrogacy agreements and creates best practices, including guidelines for parents and surrogates and how the intended parents should establish their parentage rights.  The legislation overturns a long-standing ban on surrogacy agreements in our nation’s Capital.  The new statute takes effect today. 

Unique to the District of Columbia, an approved Act of the Council must be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for thirty days before becoming effective as law (or 60 days for certain criminal legislation).  During this 30-day period of congressional review, the Congress may enact into law a joint resolution disapproving the Council’s Act.  If, during the 30-day period, the President of the United States approves the joint resolution, the Council’s Act is prevented from becoming law.  If, however, upon the expiration of the 30-day congressional review period, no joint resolution disapproving the Council’s Act has been approved by the President, the legislation becomes law.

ASRM has been involved in advancing the legislation since it was first introduced in 2013 when ASRM member Dr. Eric Widra testified at the first hearing of the bill. 

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