Massachusetts Parentage Act

The Massachusetts Parentage Act (MPA, H.1713/S.947) will update Massachusetts’ outdated parentage law so that it is clear, equitable, and provides legal protection for all families, including LGBTQ+ families.

This is the year to pass the Massachusetts Parentage Act.

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Karla Torres, Senior Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights
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Who supports the MPA (H.1713/S.947)

The Massachusetts Parentage Act is widely supported by local families and these state officials, associations, and partner organizations:

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Why we need to update Massachusetts parentage law

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There are many paths to parenthood and many types of families in the Commonwealth, but Massachusetts statutes have not kept pace with modern science and the diversity of our families, leaving children vulnerable.

An Act to Ensure Legal Parentage Equality (H.1713/S.947), known as the Massachusetts Parentage Act or MPA, updates Massachusetts statutes to clarify who can be a parent and how to establish parentage. This bill is critical to ensuring that all children can access the security of legal parentage, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

This bill is based on the Uniform Parentage Act, which serves as a uniform framework for ensuring the protection of the relationship between parents and children. Originally passed in 1973 to protect children born to unmarried people, the Uniform Parentage Act was most recently revised and approved in 2017. Several of our neighboring states, including Vermont and Maine, have passed similar parentage legislation. 

Recognizing all families

The MPA updates Massachusetts law so that it is constitutional, and it protects all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Among other important protections, the MPA provides clarity on how to establish parentage for children born through assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and to same-sex parents who aren’t married. As the law stands now, children are not treated equally, with some having to wait six months or longer to establish their parent-child relationship. That is too long to wait and leaves children and families vulnerable.

Massachusetts families can’t wait any longer for equal access to family protections. Love makes families, and we need our laws to protect them.

Family stories

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J. Shia’s parentage story
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Testimony from Jess (download)


Simone’s family
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Shannon’s family
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Sylvia, Jane, and baby R
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Karen’s story
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The Massachusetts Parentage Act is supported by local families and these partner organizations:

AllPaths Family Planning

American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Massachusetts

ACLU of Massachusetts

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – MA Chapter

BAGLY

Baystate Health

Boston IVF Fertility Clinic

Boston Medical Center

Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc.

Center for Reproductive Rights

Children’s Law Center of MA

Children’s League of Massachusetts

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

COLAGE

Committee for Public Counsel Services

Conceiveabilities

Csed Inc. (The Center for Surrogacy and Egg Donation) 

Eastern Bank Foundation

Family Equality

Fenway Health

Fertility Within Reach

Friends of Children

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Courts

Greater Boston PFLAG

Human Rights Campaign

Kauffman Law and Mediation

Keshet

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Mass General Brigham

Mass PPD Fund

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association

Massachusetts LGBTQ Political Caucus

Massachusetts Medical Society

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition

MassEquality

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Modern Family Law, Bruce Hale, Esq.

Movement Advancement Project

National Association of Social Workers–MA Chapter

National Center for Lesbian Rights

New England Fertility Society

New England Surrogacy

Nichols, Delisle & Lightholder

OUT MetroWest

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Progressive Massachusetts

Reproductive Equity Now

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Roxbury Youth Works

SeedTrust

Transhealth

The Boston Foundation

UMass Memorial Health

Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy