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Video: Meet the surrogate mom who refused $10,000 to abort her baby with birth defects

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Sue the lawyer who wrote the contract!

Seriously, for a baby with so many perceived defects, she’s pretty social.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Seriously, for a baby with so many perceived defects, she’s pretty social.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yeah, but she doesn’t look like Margaret Sanger’s ideal, so…..

/libthink

CurtZHP on March 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

A woman with courage to refuse to bow to the lie. My two kids have birth mothers who gave them up for adoption to us. Real woman don’t kill babies and this young lady will see Christ face to face some day and He will say the words…Well done good and faithful servant…..

crosshugger on March 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I applaud this woman.
But the headline seems strange.
If the woman is a surrogate mother, then the child is not really hers to begin with, correct?
Being a surrogate you take the fertilized egg of some other man & woman into your body as a carrier.

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Under Michigan law, the baby is hers. That’s why she moved to MI.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

God bless this woman to chose the hard road for the sake of a child’s life.

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Apparently the surrogate “mom” demanded $15K to abort after the other “parents” offered $10K. When they said no she decided to keep the baby. This whole story is disgusting on so many levels. I’m just grateful that this precious baby wasn’t killed and that she now has someone to love her.

This story is sick and twisted. It’s shocking just how few people cared about the life of this child.

patriette on March 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

One word: Connecticut

Figures…

Eph on March 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

This story is sick and twisted. It’s shocking just how few people cared about the life of this child.

patriette on March 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Makes one really think about the consequences of all these reproductive strategies, doesn’t it?

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Apparently the surrogate “mom” demanded $15K to abort after the other “parents” offered $10K. When they said no she decided to keep the baby. This whole story is disgusting on so many levels. I’m just grateful that this precious baby wasn’t killed and that she now has someone to love her.

This story is sick and twisted. It’s shocking just how few people cared about the life of this child.

patriette on March 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

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Thank you for that…I was about to post the same thing…a bunch of slimy, disgusting people, including the human incubator…God bless the woman who actually adopted this little girl.

ellifint on March 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

She’s no hero, and she is not taking care of the baby. She gave birth, and then gave the baby girl to unrelated foster parents. They’re the real heroes of this story (the only ones).

The surrogate did turn down the $10,000 offer to abort the baby, but she countered with her own offer to do it for $15,000. Apparently it wasn’t the abortion she objected to as much as the relatively low price she was offered to have it done. When she signed the surrogacy contract, she agreed to abort the fetus if it had serious deformities/disabilities.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288237/Woman-paid-22-000-surrogate-mother-refuses-parents-wishes-abortion-ultrasound-reveals-series-disabilities-flees-country-save-baby.html

AZCoyote on March 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Looks like the adoptive parents were willing to pay the surrogate more to adopt the baby than the genetic parents were willing to pay her to abort it.

Rational Thought on March 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

She’s no hero, and she is not taking care of the baby. She gave birth, and then gave the baby girl to unrelated foster parents. They’re the real heroes of this story (the only ones).

True.

terryannonline on March 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Usually, when one conspires to murder another human being, you’re arrested, tried, and convicted.

I guess those laws don’t protect the most helpless among us.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Pfft…wow, you were such a hero asking for more money then deciding to stand on principle!
*Slow clap*

nextgen_repub on March 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Pfft…wow, you were such a hero asking for more money then deciding to stand on principle!
*Slow clap*

nextgen_repub on March 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, it’s all a little iffy, but I still give her credit for letting the baby live and even fleeing to Michigan even if she ultimately lost her nerve about raising the baby herself.

I’m assuming the Michigan move was an honest attempt to be the mother herself, even if she didn’t follow through on that.

Kensington on March 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

A woman with courage to refuse to bow to the lie. My two kids have birth mothers who gave them up for adoption to us. Real woman don’t kill babies and this young lady will see Christ face to face some day and He will say the words…Well done good and faithful servant…..

crosshugger on March 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

For those who serve the least of men will be honored as the greatest. Something like that… Our children, particularly in the womb are the weakest souls God grants us the privilege to serve.

astonerii on March 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

It is ok, the sperm donor dad can still be shaken down for millions!

astonerii on March 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

This is a case of both why surrogacy is a bad idea and why abortion needs to end.

Stoic Patriot on March 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The surrogate is a money grubbing scumbag. She’s definitely no hero.

hatecraft on March 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

She is a single mother with 4 of her own kids. The surrogate parents had told her that the baby would be dumped in a state institution. By fleeing to Michigan she would have some control as to where the child would be placed. No matter what she said, she ultimately did the right thing. But of course, it is never enough for the Saints of HotAir.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

May God bless and protect that little baby girl and her adoptive parents. It was very courageous for the surrogate mother to pack up everything and move to save that precious baby girl’s life.

ninnuh on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Wolf Blitzer, CNN: “Anything could have been done to avoid this situation?”

I got the feeling that Wolf was asking “was there any way they could have forced this woman to have an abortion?”

or am I being too harsh?

mdenis39 on March 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Pffft! A cleft palate? THAT is the big awful birth defect she was offered 10k to kill the baby for? They fix cr@p like that all the time!

Buncha wimps. Google “MiracleTina” if you want to see an actual defective baby. And after you’ve finished pouring a gallon of brainbleach into your ears, keep in mind even WORSE has happened.

MelonCollie on March 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The baby has a number of birth defects besides a cleft palate: several heart defects, hearing, developmental. However, as already noted, she appears quite social which is a good sign.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Pffft! A cleft palate? THAT is the big awful birth defect she was offered 10k to kill the baby for? They fix cr@p like that all the time!

It’s quite a bit more than that. They even talk about the possibility that she’ll never be able to walk in the video.

That said, I know not everyone watches the video, but it gets a little annoying when so many act like no one else does.

They cover the $15k in the video. She openly admits to it.

But if it had all been about the money, no reason to go ahead and have the baby. $10k is still a lot of money. I don’t see why everyone’s dumping on her. No one’s calling her a hero.

Seriously, it gets old when you guys have to dump on everyone for not being perfect.

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

There are plenty of people who can’t walk who live quality lives.
Anyone that would abort their child for ANY(except to save the mother’s life) reason is vile and evil.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Surrogacy is wrong every time it’s tried.

IdrilofGondolin on March 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

There are plenty of people who can’t walk who live quality lives.
Anyone that would abort their child for ANY(except to save the mother’s life) reason is vile and evil.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I never said people who can’t walk should be aborted. I’m only explaining that it’s more than a cleft palate.

I have similar feelings on abortion, but I let God, and whoever else wants to, judge who is vile and evil. God knows I’m no saint.

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

She admitted that the possible acceptance of money was a weak moment. In the end, she did a heroic thing. She stood up for the rights and life of this little baby and made sure she has a home where she will be loved and respected and treated with dignity.

That said, I think surrogacy is a risky and bad business in many/most cases.

redlucy on March 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

or am I being too harsh?

mdenis39 on March 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I think you nailed it.

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

But of course, it is never enough for the Saints of HotAir.

Blake on March 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Heh. :)

WaltzingMtilda on March 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

In a world of corruption, selfishness, and “me me me”, we have moments like these to remind us of our humanity.

guido911 on March 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Seriously, it gets old when you guys have to dump on everyone for not being perfect.

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Aww come on. Can’t we draw the line at renting out your uterus and entertaining offers to murder the tenant?

Ronnie on March 6, 2013 at 2:46 AM

If…

–The humanity and the human rights of an unborn child in the U.S. depend entirely upon whether or not the woman carrying him chooses to see them as human (as indicated by our laws that allow a woman to abort a child yet will charge someone who kills that mother and her unborn child with a double murder).

And…

–The woman carrying this child considered them to be a human.

Then…

–Shouldn’t the biological parents of this child be charged with attempting to order a contract killing?

The questions get pretty stupid when you have laws that don’t make sense.

29Victor on March 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The questions get pretty stupid when you have laws that don’t make sense.

29Victor on March 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

10-4. What really gets hairy here is that the woman has the liberal ‘right’ of “my body, my choice” but the baby is very much the property of the parents. So what it comes down to is who’s rights trump whose?

Frankly I would have no problem with the surrogate being on the line for the baby’s many extra medical expenses. She is no hero, merely a mercenary incubator who went through with her bluff.

MelonCollie on March 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Under MI law, the birth mother is the mother. As far as medical expenses, the birth mother has no money.

Blake on March 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Thank you for that…I was about to post the same thing…a bunch of slimy, disgusting people, including the human incubator…God bless the woman who actually adopted this little girl.

ellifint on March 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

St. Peter denied Him three times. By asking for the $15K, she behaved sinfully. But I notice she acknowledged and confessed her sin — and performed the necessary penance. Not even CNN could dirty her.

The parents, on the other hand, abandoned their child. When they see our Savior, what will they tell him?

or am I being too harsh?

mdenis39 on March 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I don’t think so. Exactly the right level of harshness.

It is ok, the sperm donor dad can still be shaken down for millions!

astonerii on March 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Not by the surrogate, but by the child they abandoned. That child never signed a contract and never asked for emancipation. Should she decided to assert her rights later in life, things will get correctly dicey. The genetic parents played god with in vitro fertilization and surrogacy, and I hope they are made to understand what they did wrong…

It’s amazing that the liberals and some libertarians on this site think it was nasty for the birth mother not to have had an abortion. Strange how that right to choose goes away under some circumstances…

unclesmrgol on March 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

It’s quite a bit more than that. They even talk about the possibility that she’ll never be able to walk in the video.

That said, I know not everyone watches the video, but it gets a little annoying when so many act like no one else does.

They cover the $15k in the video. She openly admits to it.

But if it had all been about the money, no reason to go ahead and have the baby. $10k is still a lot of money. I don’t see why everyone’s dumping on her. No one’s calling her a hero.

Seriously, it gets old when you guys have to dump on everyone for not being perfect.

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Yep. The child has multiple severe defects.

As for the mother. She was a divorced, single mother with four kids who had lost her job. So you could see how Satan might tempt someone like that with money and how someone who was that desperate might consider it. Luckily, the woman ultimately did the right thing.

As for vile, just peruse some of the comments underneath the story at CNN. Quite a few wouldn’t have been out of place in Nazi Germany.

Illinidiva on March 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Esthier on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Miss your comments here.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Miss your comments here.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Thanks. Miss you too, hawk. Nice to see you’re still classing up the joint. :)

Esthier on March 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Aww come on. Can’t we draw the line at renting out your uterus and entertaining offers to murder the tenant?

Ronnie on March 6, 2013 at 2:46 AM

And that makes her vile and evil? Up to you, I suppose.

Luckily, the woman ultimately did the right thing.

Illinidiva on March 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I agree. It’s sad that so many believe children with birth defects like that shouldn’t be born. Makes you wonder how it makes people with disabilities feel.

Esthier on March 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM