The Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act, first introduced in January of 2015 and enacted on April 7, 2017, legalizes surrogacy and gestational carrier arrangements in the District of Columbia and sets forth best practices to parties to such arrangements.
The bill accomplishes four chief goals:
- Specifies rights between intended parents and children.
- Provides that a surrogate (and her partner) as well as an embryo or gamete donor relinquish parental rights to a resulting child.
- Creates requirements and procedures for filing a petition for parentage with DC Superior.
- Standardizes, in part, surrogacy agreements and conditions for dissolution of said agreements.
The bill was sent to Mayor Bowser for review and signature on February 2, 2017, and was signed into law as A21-0672 on February 15, 2017. The Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act was thereafter submitted to Congress and, having passed the 60 day period for Congressional review, became law on April 7, 2017.