Outrage After Parents Leave Baby, Take Healthy Twin
An Australian couple left their Down Syndrome baby with his 21-year-old surrogate mother in Thailand, while taking the boy’s healthy twin sister. The situation has sparked an international discussion about parental responsibilities when surrogates are involved. The biological parents, whose identities had not yet been revealed at the time of this report, did not break the law, says WSJ’s Sam Everingham, director of Families Through Surrogacy. But the backlash has been "huge... there's been horror, there's been call for reform. It's hard for many of us to understand." According to Fox News, "mother Pattaramon Chanbua said the agency knew about Gammy's condition four to five months after she became pregnant but did not tell her. It wasn't until the seventh month of her pregnancy when the doctors and the agency told her that one of the twin babies had Down syndrome and suggested that she have an abortion just for him. Pattaramon recalled strongly rejecting the idea, believing that having the abortion would be sinful. 'I asked them, `Are you still humans?' I really wanted to know,' she said Sunday." Chanbua has also said that she forgives the parents.
What do ya'll think? Should they have been allowed to just abandon one of the twins? Should the surrogate be held responsible for raise this baby?
on Aug. 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM