The latest surrogacy scandal involves a British mother who took one twin but rejected his disabled twin, despite the fact that she was the biological mother of both babies.
The British surrogate mother had two embryos placed in her womb, both of which implanted and developed into babies. However, once it was discovred that the girl twin was suffering from the serious muscular condition Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, the biological mum refused to have her.
The surrogate mother had agreed to carry and give birth to the twins and been given £12,000 for her expenses and loss of earnings. Since she gave birth to the disabled girl twin, the surrogate mum has raised her as part of her family.
The surrogate mum recalled the moment that she learnt of the girl twin’s rejection: “I’ll never forget what she said on the phone. I remember her saying to me, ‘She’d be a f****** dribbling cabbage! Who would want to adopt her? No one would want to adopt a disabled child.
“I was shocked. I could not believe what I was hearing. 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. I hate the couple for what they did.”
The surrogate mum went on to explain how raising the baby had affected their lives; the child needs extra care, so her partner has had to change careers, taking a less well-paid job, so he can spend more time at home caring for their disabled child: “It’s affected us financially and I had to make sure that if something happened to me they would be provided for.”
It is another surrogacy scandal; earlier this month we reported the story of baby Gammy, who was allegedly rejected by Australian couple Kate and Adam Osborne because he has Down’s Syndrome. Mr and Mrs Osborne have rebutted these allegations, claiming that the Thai surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, had instead demanded to keep Gammy.
Read that story here.