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Surrogate mother offered $10,000 to abort imperfect baby

Catholic World News - March 05, 2013

A Connecticut couple reportedly offered a surrogate mother $15,000 to abort a child who was diagnosed with serious genetic defects, in a case that exposes the seamier side of artificial reproduction.

The surrogate mother was originally paid $22,000 to carry the child that the Connecticut couple had produced through in vitro fertilization. When prenatal tests revealed that the child would be born with a cleft palate and other abnormalities, the genetic parents instructed the surrogate mother to abort the child.

The surrogate mother refused. Although she said that her refusal was based on religious principles, she reportedly agreed to abort if the couple would raise their price to $15,000.

Unable to resolve her legal differences with the genetic parents, the surrogate mother fled across the US to avoid their demands. She carried the pregnancy to term, and the baby has now been adopted.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Mar. 05, 2013 7:23 PM ET USA

    Praise God for this baby's life. God bless the surrogate mother and the adoptive parents. I have a sister born with a cleft lip and cleft palate - today she is a busy active wife and mom, a deeply religious person and a wonderful registered nurse. Imagine if our parents had decided her life wasn't worth living!

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