Update: The NJ Senate narrowly passed S866 on 2/5/15 by a vote of 21-13. It was added to the Senate Board List for the 2/5/15 Voting Session at the last minute. See how your Senator voted Here
It now moves to the Assembly. Please call and email your 2 State Assembly members and urge them to Vote No on S866/A2648 immediately. Please share this information with family and friends.
You can send a pre-written message to your 2 Assembly members by going to our Legislative Action Center.
Background on gestational carrier bill
The NJ Senate Health Committee released bill S866 on Monday, January 26, 2015 by a vote of 5-0 with two abstentions. It can be scheduled for a vote at any time before the full Senate. Governor Christie vetoed an identical bill in August of 2012. Please contact your State Senator and two Assembly members and urge them to Vote No on S866/A2648.
Senate bill sponsors are Senators Joseph Vitale (D-19), Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Senator Brian Stack (D-33 ) and Senator Diane Allen (R-7). Sponsors in the Assembly are Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle (D-37) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20). The bill passed previously in 2012 by only one vote in both the Senate and Assembly and was vetoed by Governor Christie.
The bill would further advance the profits of a lucrative fertility industry which remains unregulated and would add to the number of embryonic human beings created in IVF labs, experimented on and killed for research purposes and aborted through selective reduction. The bill will legalize the commodification and exploitation of women, disregarding women’s health, turn pregnancy and the miracle of birth into just another commercial transaction and a baby into a product. The legislation would permit payment of “reasonable expenses” to the gestational “carrier,” including “living expenses during her pregnancy including payments for food, clothing, medical expenses, shelter and religious, psychological, vocational or similar counseling services during the pregnancy and during the period of postpartum.” It also redefines the the meaning of “natural mother” and “biological father” in law, setting the stage for many complex legal, ethical and societal problems.
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Contact your two Assembly members and urge them to Vote No on S866/A2648. You can obtain their names and contact information by calling the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours. You can also find their contact info by visiting the NJ Legislature’s website at the following link: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp
You can also send a pre-written email to them by going to our Legislative Action Center
Go to the tab that says “Legislation” on our website to send a pre-written message to your 2 Assembly Members from our Legislative Action Center on S866/A2648.