When Crystal Kelley agreed to carry a child for a Connecticut couple, she was expecting a happy ending. The 31-year-old (29 at the time), who had been a surrogate before, enjoyed helping couples with fertility problems. The couple’s frozen embryo was implanted into Kelley’s uterus and the pregnancy took. Everything seemed to be going as planned until Kelley went for her five-month ultrasound. Tests confirmed that the baby had a cleft lip and palate, a cyst in the brain, and a complex heart abnormality. This is when everything went to hell in a hand basket.
Considering the findings, the parents felt that the most “humane option” would be for Kelley to consider “pregnancy termination.” Kelley adamantly opposed the idea of terminating the pregnancy.
“They said they didn’t want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer. … They said I should try to be God-like and have mercy on the child and let her go … I told them that they had chosen me to carry and protect this child, and that was exactly what I was going to do … I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God,” Kelley said. Keep reading »
Hello, 2012 election! Here’s your friendly reminder that reproductive rights issues are not as black and white (i.e. BAD BAD BAD) as anti-abortion extremists might think. In fact, sometimes the families of politicians themselves need … you know … choices.
Noted politics website TMZ has exclusively learned that the gestational surrogate used by Tagg Romney, son of Mitt Romney, signed an “abortion clause” in her gestational carrier agreement. The anonymous woman carried twin boys, born in May 2012, for Tagg and Jen Romney. But back in July 2011, both the couple and their surrogate signed a gestational carrier agreement which agreed the surrogate could choose to abort the fetus if harm would be done to her body and the Romneys could choose to abort if the fetus would be “physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal.” Keep reading »
Talk about being an older mom. Zsa Zsa Gabor may just become one at the ripe age of … 94. Zsa Zsa has had a ton of health problems this year—from a hip replacement to an amputated leg—and now her husband (amazingly, her ninth), Prince Frederic von Anhalt, has hatched a plan for another medical procedure. Using an egg donor, artificial insemination and a surrogate, he wants to father Zsa Zsa’s baby. “I’ve gone through the initial steps of donor matching and blood work and next week the donation process will begin,” he said. “I’m a retired guy. I can take care of it.” Keep reading »
“I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally … The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy … From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means ‘happy’ and ‘lucky’ in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life.”
– Elizabeth Banks announcing the birth of her son. This is a lovely statement. Just lovely. I might have just teared up. Please don’t tell anyone. Congrats to Elizabeth and her husband. [People] Keep reading »
Anywhere you can find women, you can find people trying to control women’s reproductive capabilities. I write a lot on The Frisky about attempts to deter women from having abortions. But in parts of Asia, there’s a problem that’s quite different: fertile women acting as surrogates who are kept in farm-like conditions for “baby breeding.” Recently, 14 Vietnamese women, including seven who were pregnant, were rescued from an “illegal and inhuman” baby breeding facility in Thailand. Keep reading »