Assisted conception; parentage presumption. (SB612)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assisted conception; parentage presumption. Makes the relevant law regarding children born as a result of assisted conception applicable to both same-sex and opposite-sex married couples. The bill also provides that a person is presumed to be the parent of a child if such person is married to the mother at the time of the child's birth or was married to the mother within 300 days of the child's birth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100743D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2018Committee substitute printed to LIS only 18105695D-S1
01/22/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


Editor’s Pick
Carolyn Caywood writes:

In this part:
B. Death of spouse. -- Any child resulting from the insemination of a (wife's) mother's ovum using her (husband's) spouse's sperm, with (his) such spouse's consent, is the child of the (husband and wife) spouses notwithstanding that, during the ten-month 10-month period immediately preceding the birth, either party died.

Retaining the word "sperm" negates all the work of eliminating the other gendered terminology. "Genetic material" would cover more options, e.g. two women, one of who contributed the ovum and the other is the gestational mother.