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Naturally, I do not endorse CNN, but today they post an amazing story and you must read it. It is here.
In a nutshell – a couple hires a surrogate mother to carry and give birth to their baby. The egg is implanted and the woman becomes pregnant. The parents and surrogate mom are thrilled at the news. A number of months later at a routine checkup it is found that the baby has a cleft lip and palate, a cyst on the brain and serious heart defects. Awful news for all of them.
After some evaluation and self reflection the parents decide they want to abort the baby. This is a big decision to make. Considering they are desperate for a child and surrogacy tends to cost around $100,000, this is not a decision they will have made lightly. But they do not want to bring a child with medical problems into the world. The problem is that the baby is now developing in another woman’s womb.
The parents step back from the surrogacy agreement:
The mother noted that the surrogacy agency was getting in touch with Kelley, and a few days later, Kelley received an e-mail from Rita Kron at Surrogacy International telling her that if she chose to have the baby, the couple wouldn’t agree to be the baby’s legal parents.
“You will be the only person who will be making decision about the child, should the child is born (sic),” Kron wrote.
The parents made an offer to the surrogate mom to end the pregnancy – a cash offer to terminate the baby’s life!
Kelley didn’t want to be the baby’s mother — she’d gotten pregnant to help another family, not to have a child of her own. Kron gave her an option: the parents would pay her $10,000 to have an abortion
Later, in a moment of weakness, the surrogate mom asked for the offer to be raised to $15,000, but the couple refused.
You will need to read the story to see how it ends, but it brings up a mountain of good conversation about where the rights of parents begins and ends. Do parents have the right to determine if their surrogate mother should end the baby’s life? Is it legal to offer money to someone to end a baby’s life? Can parents refuse to be parents to, and therefore be responsible for, a baby they no longer want?
An amazing story…This is one of those stories that truly makes you think about all the repurcussions of abortion and parenting.