Supreme Court refuses to intervene in bitter surrogacy custody battle

Surrogate refuses to abort, had lost all custody rights By Dave Andrusko When last we reported on Melissa Cook, Ms. Cook had just filed a lawsuit asserting that California’s surrogacy law is unconstitutional because it violates due-process and equal protection rights. Cook had entered in a contract in which she would be paid $33,000 to …

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Surrogate Mom refuses to abort, files suit challenging constitutionality of California’s surrogacy law

By Dave Andrusko A little over two weeks ago we posted on two women who have refused to abort babies they are carrying as surrogates: Melissa Cook and Brittneyrose Torres. Cook had entered in a contract in which she would be paid $33,000 to carry a baby conceived through IVF using a 50-year-old Georgia man’s …

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“They are human beings,” says surrogate mother who refuses to “selectively abort” one of three triplets

By Dave Andrusko A newspaper column and a post at Bionews.org today reminded me that I have failed to keep our NRL News Today audience up to date on two women who have refused to abort babies they are carrying as surrogates. The cases are both eerily similar and complicated, but there several common denominators. …

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US surrogates with triplets pressured to abort

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from bioedge.org and reprinted with permission. Two surrogate mothers who are pregnant with triplets are being pressured by the prospective fathers to abort one of the babies. California woman Melissa Cook, 47, told her story to the New York Post. She claims that the father, from Georgia, …

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Once again, life imitates art in Hollywood

The highest-paid actress in US television is embroiled in a dispute over embryos By Michael Cook The technical term for Hollywood’s latest bioethical brain-teaser is anti-mimesis, Oscar Wilde’s theory that life imitates art. Sophia Vergara, highest-paid TV actress in the United States, who stars in Modern Family, a popular TV show which depicts the kaleidoscopic …

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“It’s not your choice”: ABC’s ‘Good Wife’ tackles legal, ethical problems with surrogacy

  By Lauren Enriquez Editor’s note. The endlessly fascinating CBS series, “The Good Wife,” begins its sixth season this Sunday. With that in mind, I thought it would timely to re-run this terrific analysis of an earlier episode written by Lauren Enriquez. In an unusually unbiased look at life values, this week’s episode of The …

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Surrogate Mom Wins Custody of Baby Parents Abandoned Who They Called a “Dribbling Cabbage”

  By Dave Andrusko The Sun newspaper in Great Britain has reported that the biological mother of twins carried by a surrogate allegedly abandoned one of them when the child was found to have congenital myotonic dystrophy, a severe muscular condition which affects breathing. The unidentified woman took the healthy sibling home, Jane Mathews reported. …

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“It’s not your choice”: ABC’s ‘Good Wife’ tackles legal, ethical problems with surrogacy

By Lauren Enriquez In an unusually unbiased look at life values, this week’s episode of The Good Wife (entitled “A Precious Commodity“) tackled the difficult issues that face surrogate motherhood. The episode featured a couple who entered into contract with a hired surrogate to gestate the child created with their own sperm and egg. When, …

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