Senator Erin Maye Quade Statement on the Pathways to Parentage Act’s Judiciary Committee Hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, March 22, Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley) presented the Pathways to Parentage Act (SF 3504) to the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. The Pathways to Parentage Act provides clear standards for establishing parentage through gestational surrogacy and ensures that children born through assisted reproduction technology, like IUI or IVF, have a straightforward path to establishing parentage.

“Wanting to be a parent and needing help to build a family is something many Minnesotans experience,” said Senator Maye Quade. “Maligning Minnesotans who receive support from doctors and surrogates to build their families is offensive. But what I find unbelievable is that a testifier would sit next to the first Black mom ever elected to the Minnesota Senate — who was able to give birth because of assisted reproduction — and liken the use of assisted reproduction and surrogacy to slavery, let alone make that comparison the crux of their argument, as occurred in committee today. Organizations against my bill who are concerned about birthing practices that are akin to slavery should reassess their support for government-forced birth.”

SF 3504 was laid over for possible inclusion in the judiciary policy omnibus bill. Senator Maye Quade’s testimony and the remarks of other testifiers are available on the Minnesota Senate Media Services’ YouTube page.

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Senator Erin Maye Quade represents Senate District 56 which includes Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount. She is vice chair of the Education Policy Committee, and serves on the Education Finance Committee, Human Services Committee, and the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee.
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