Christie Vetoes Bill To Set Guidelines For Gestational Carrier Agreements

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have permitted New Jersey parents to enter into gestational carrier agreements to have someone else carry their baby to term and give birth.

Unlike traditional surogacy, where a woman is artificially inseminated and gives birth to a child conceived with her own egg, a gestational surrogate carries a child conceived without any of her genetic material.

“Validating contracts for the birth of children is a step that cannot be taken without the most serious inquiry, reflection and consensus,” Christie wrote in his veto message. “I am not satisfied that these questions have been sufficiently studied by the Legislature at this time.”

State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), who sponsored the bill, said, “I am deeply disappointed with the Governor’s decision to veto legislation that would have thoughtfully created rules governing what is already an existing method of having children. Many parents who cannot otherwise have their own children have used this procedure for many years. It is a major setback for parents who wish to create life and give a baby a loving home.

“I also strongly disagree with the Governor’s comments that the Legislature did not sufficiently study this issue. I dedicated over one year to discussing this issue with a variety of groups and individuals, including my colleagues.”

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