Surrogacy Law

New Jersey couples looking to start a family can now sign contracts with surrogate mothers


New Jerseysans hoping to become parents but struggling to conceive children are now allowed to enter legally binding agreements with “gestational carriers” under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

In a flurry of activity this week, Murphy, a Democrat, also signed about a dozen other measures, including one to protect the Obama-era insurance mandate, and conditionally vetoed a handful more.

The measure authorizing gestational carrier agreements had twice been vetoed by Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, who worried about the “profound change” the practice could bring to how families are started. 

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