Couple ‘rejects’ disabled girl born by surrogate

Family Law|August 27th 2014

A British surrogate mother claims she has been left to raise a baby girl after the commissioning couple rejected the child.

The mother bore twins after the implantation of embryos , but the couple who had commissioned the births robustly refused to take the girl when they discovered that she had been born with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, a wasting disorder which affects the muscles and other internal organs.

The surrogate mother told the media:

“I got into surrogacy because I wanted to help a mother who couldn’t have children. But I feel very angry because of what she’s done to the baby girl. I’m glad she is miles away and I’ll never see her in the street.”

Her partner had taken a pay cut, she said, and begun retraining in order to be able to spend more time at home with the new baby.

The mother added: “it’s affected us financially” but insisted:

“[She] is 100 per cent our daughter. I love her as much as my other children. I wouldn’t change anything.”

At a mediation meeting organised by Cafcass, the commissioning couple are reported to have expressed concern about their ability to raise the disabled girl, and it was agreed that the surrogate and her partner would raise her instead.

Earlier this month, in a very similar case, a surrogate mother in Thailand claimed the commissioning parents of a pair of twins also rejected a child born with disabilities, taking only his able-bodied sister back to Australia with them.

Photo by  lilspikey via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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