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Andy Cohen Celebrates His First Father's Day with Son Benjamin Allen Cohen

The Watch What Happens Live host thanked the person who helped make his dream of fatherhood a reality.

By Hannah Fusaro
Andy Cohen, Ben Cohen

Father's Day was extra special this year to the Cohen family: It was Andy Cohen's first Father's Day as a dad! The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host celebrated his big day with his 4-month-old son, Benjamin Allen Cohen, who was born on February 4, 2019. Andy took to Instagram on the occasion to show his gratitude to those who helped make his dream of becoming a father a reality.

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"My first Father’s Day! Happy Dad’s Day, everybody. I want to thank my surrogate in California, without whom I wouldn’t have Ben," he wrote.

He also used the opportunity to show his support for the Child-Parent Security Act: "I need to ask: If a woman is willing to provide the gift of life to a man like me, or a couple struggling with infertility, why should the government be able to tell her what she can do with her body? It’s past time to end NY’s ban on surrogacy & pass the Child-Parent Security Act. If you’re in NY State please call your Assemblyperson and ask them to end the surrogacy ban this week!"

This isn't the first time Andy has shown his support for the Child-Parent Security Act: Last week, he went to Albany to change the laws in New York state to make paid gestational surrogacy legal. "It was an honor to stand alongside Governor Cuomo yesterday to speak about the important role surrogacy has played in my life and why NY must pass the #ChildParentSecurityAct that will enable more families, like me and Benjamin, to be created!" he wrote about the experience.

He previously told PEOPLE, "I worked with an incredible surrogate. She was in California. Surrogacy is illegal in so many states, including New York. I don’t understand why. It’s a voluntary process, obviously. My surrogate just viewed it as, she was giving me the ultimate gift. She gave me life. So I’ll be forever indebted to her.” 

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