Both submissions are winners! Thank you for participating - it's important for all of our voices to be heard. We look forward to the day when compensated surrogacy is legal throughout the United States!
Have you heard? There's some big surrogacy news coming out of New York next month!
On February 15th, compensated surrogacy will be legalized in the state of New York. Until now, it has not only been outlawed, it has been a criminal offense. For New Yorkers wanting to build their families through surrogacy - this is a big deal. It means no longer having to incur the added expense and experience the stress of traveling to another state to make their dreams of having a baby come true. And for women in New York who feel called to help by being surrogates, they can now be fairly compensated for this amazing act of service.
Sadly, there are still 3 states where families could incur fines and jail time for compensated surrogacy: Michigan, Nebraska and Louisiana.
Here at Surrogacy Learning Center, we are on a mission to build our voice for social change. We want to educate all stakeholders on why surrogacy is essential.
The main argument against compensated surrogacy has been that it's viewed as exploitative for women who choose to become gestational carriers. In reality, taking advantage of surrogates' desire to help others build their family - but not paying them for it - is exploitative. And, our experience and research tell us that surrogates feel a sense of empowerment, and joy, from helping others while also helping their own family financially. This is where you come in - as we celebrate the great news coming out of New York, we would love to add your voices and stories as our community here at Surrogacy Learning Center begins to speak up about social change.
Submit your story telling us how surrogacy is or has empowered you personally. The format can be whatever you'd like - a video submission, a written story, a photo collage... anything goes!
Our Surrogacy Learning Center experts will review all of the submissions and a winner will be chosen based on how passionate and compelling their surrogacy empowerment message is. Our intention is to use all of the submissions going forward to support the fight for legal and fair surrogacy laws across the country.
If your submission is chosen as the winner, we will sponsor you for a program of your choice at The OpEd Project.
Create a submission telling us why surrogacy has been personally empowering for you
Complete the submission form before midnight PST February 9th