USA: buying your baby On 9 April, New York became one of the last states to legalise payment to women to be ‘gestational carriers’ (a surrogate mother who gives birth to a child to whom she is not biologically related). en / NBC News photo: iStock The legislation was smuggled into the state budget along with other non-fiscal measures. This meant it bypassed groups who would have protested it coming into law. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.