Boston: Council Supports Modernizing Massachusetts’ Parentage Laws

Establishing parentage is the process of determining the legal parents of a child. Massachusetts is the only New England state that has not yet updated its parentage laws to ensure clear and equal protection for LGBTQ+ families, as well as for families who conceive through assisted reproduction, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy.

The Council adopted a resolution in support of an act to ensure legal parentage equality to protect LGBTQ+ families and reproductive rights. The act would ensure children born through assisted reproduction such as IVF have a clear route to establish their parentage; provide standards for courts to resolve competing claims of parentage; ensure greater efficiency and consistency in our courts and reduce unnecessary litigation; and codify and protect parentage precedents from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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The Council reaffirms its support for modernizing Massachusetts' parentage laws to ensure equitable protections for all children and families, including LGBTQ+ families and families formed through assisted reproduction.

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