Submit Testimony in Support of the MPA
Thank you for your support of the Massachusetts Parentage Act (MPA). This year the MPA will have a hearing before the Joint Judiciary Committee, and you can make an impact by submitting official testimony, either in person and/or in writing. Below, you will find a template for written testimony that we hope will help make it quick and easy for you to make sure your voice is heard.
Kindly adapt this letter to voice your reasons for supporting the bill, to share your personal passion for this issue – and to tell legislators why they should support the MPA as well.
Though we do not yet have a hearing date, it’s important to prepare draft testimony in advance to be ready for the hearing (there is often not much lead time between notification and the hearing itself).
To submit testimony, please email it to Polly Crozier (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the email subject line: Testimony in Support of the Massachusetts Parentage Act.
Thank you for advocating with us to reform parentage laws in the Commonwealth to reflect the rich diversity of families in our state and protect ALL children in Massachusetts!
Testimony Letter Template
ON LETTERHEAD IF APPLICABLE
Joint Committee on Judiciary
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Chairman Eldridge, Chairman Day, and Members of the Judiciary Committee,
I write in support of S.1133/H.1714, An Act Relative to Parentage to Promote Children’s Security, also known as the Massachusetts Parentage Act (MPA). The MPA will update the parentage law in the Commonwealth, ensuring that all Massachusetts children have equal access to legal parent-child relationships, regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the marital status, gender, or sexual orientation of their parents. This is critical to the security and well-being of children. Massachusetts case law has evolved in this area, but none of the protections in the case law have been codified in our statutes. This results in inconsistent application of the law across the Commonwealth and leaves children vulnerable.
[WHO YOU ARE AND WHY YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE]
This legislation is critical because [INCLUDE THE REASON(S) MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU, for example:]
- Massachusetts law does not adequately protect LGBTQ couples raising children and leaves the relationship between the non-biological parent and child vulnerable.
- Massachusetts law does not reflect the diversity of families in our state and leaves some children without access to the protections of legal parentage.
- Massachusetts should protect children, who do best when their parental relationships are legally secure.
- Massachusetts law does not adequately protect all children born through assisted reproduction by securing the relationship between intended parents and their children.
- Massachusetts law lacks clear standards to protect all involved in the surrogacy process, including the intended parents, donors, and surrogates.
The MPA will comprehensively update Massachusetts law to ensure our state’s parentage laws remain constitutional, reflect best practices, and are protective of all children in the Commonwealth. Thank you for your consideration of my testimony in support of the MPA, S.1133/H.1714.
[Home Address (if Massachusetts resident) and/or Work Address (if applicable)]