New York Consolidated Laws, Domestic Relations Law - DOM § 121. Definitions

When used in this article, unless the context or subject matter manifestly requires a different interpretation:

1. “Birth mother” shall mean a woman who gives birth to a child pursuant to a surrogate parenting contract.

2. “Genetic father” shall mean a man who provides sperm for the birth of a child born pursuant to a surrogate parenting contract.

3. “Genetic mother” shall mean a woman who provides an ovum for the birth of a child born pursuant to a surrogate parenting contract.

4. “Surrogate parenting contract” shall mean any agreement, oral or written, in which:

(a) a woman agrees either to be inseminated with the sperm of a man who is not her husband or to be impregnated with an embryo that is the product of an ovum fertilized with the sperm of a man who is not her husband;  and

(b) the woman agrees to, or intends to, surrender or consent to the adoption of the child born as a result of such insemination or impregnation.


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