Colorado’s child commodifying “Family Affirmation Act” passes in the House

Colorado House Bill 22-1153, the mis-named Family Affirmation Act, seeks to make parentage easier for adults employing assisted reproductive technologies. But in the process, it violates the universally-acknowledged children’s right to be known and loved by both...

Children’s Rights Win in South Dakota!

South Dakota has been a front in the battle for surrogacy for the last few years. The fertility industry has made several attempts to legalize commercial surrogacy in this pro-business state filled with relatively affordable wombs for rent. Last month, the latest...

Testifying Against Surrogacy in South Dakota

Them Before Us founder Katy Faust recently testified against Senate Bill 137 in the South Dakota Senate, which aims to establish gestational surrogacy arrangements and agreements. According to the bill’s proponents, surrogacy has been practiced in South Dakota for...
SCOUTS Amicus Brief for Box vs Henderson

SCOUTS Amicus Brief for Box vs Henderson

Them Before Us filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making one thing abundantly clear: Birth Certificates Exist for Kids, Not Adults. Box vs Henderson is an Indiana case arguing the same-sex spouse of a biological parent should be listed on a child's first and...

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Letter to Colorado – Mandating IVF Coverage Harms Children

Letter to Colorado – Mandating IVF Coverage Harms Children

February 25, 2020 RE: OPPOSITION TO HB 20-1158 Dear Honorable Members of the Colorado Senate: Thank you for your public service to the citizens of Colorado. Your role as a leader in making decisions that benefit the best interest of all Coloradans is critical. We are...

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Dear South Dakota, Babies Aren’t Commodities

Dear South Dakota, Babies Aren’t Commodities

IN SUPPORT OF HB 1096 Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee;  My name is Katy Faust. I am the founder and director of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us. We represent the party who is most impacted by HB 1096: the children. Here are four ways...

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Dear Minnesota, Surrogacy Commodifies Kids

Dear Minnesota, Surrogacy Commodifies Kids

Dear Members, My name is Katy Faust. I am founder and director of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us, committed to defending children's rights in family structure. We represent the party most impacted by HF 1140 – the children.  While surrogacy harms...

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Dear NY, Commercial Surrogacy is Bad for Kids

Dear NY, Commercial Surrogacy is Bad for Kids

Re: S.2071 Child - Parent Security Act Dear Member of Assembly, My name is Katy Faust. I am founder and director of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us. We represent the party most impacted by S.2071 - the children.  The ill-named "Child-Parent Security...

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Virginia’s HB1979 Harms Children

Virginia’s HB1979 Harms Children

February 8, 2019 Re: HB1979 on Assisted Conception; Amends Statute to Provide Gender-Neutral Terminology, etc. Honorable Senators, My name is Katy Faust and I am the founder of the children’s rights organization, Them Before Us. We represent the party that you haven’t...

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Opposition to New York’s Senate Bill Legalizing Surrogacy

Opposition to New York’s Senate Bill Legalizing Surrogacy

Dear New York Senator/Assemblyman, Them Before Us exists to defend a child’s fundamental right to their mother and father. This right grants children not only the two people who are statistically the most likely to be connected to, protective of, and invested in them...

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Them Before Us Founder Testifies Against Uniform Parentage Act

Them Before Us Founder Testifies Against Uniform Parentage Act

Members of the law and justice committee,* Thank you for the opportunity to be here. My name is Katy Faust and I’m the founder of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us. I am the former Assistant Director of Chinese Children Adoption International, the...

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