The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #5

Dad demands abortion after surrogate learns she’s having triplets

A man who paid a surrogate to have his baby became overwhelmed when he learned she was having triplets — and demanded the woman abort one of the fetuses while threatening her with financial ruin, she claims.

“They are human beings. I bonded with these kids. This is just not right,” mom-to-be Melissa Cook told The Post on Tuesday.

The woman recognizes that the triplets are human beings and that it would not be right to kill them. However, she doesn’t seem to question whether it is right for a woman to bond with the children and then give them away to a stranger she has never met.

The babies’ dad, a Georgia man, hired Cook for $33,000 to have a child by in-vitro fertilization using his sperm and the eggs of a 20-year-old donor.

Was this man planning to raise the child by himself or does he have a partner?

The dad “understands, albeit does not agree, with your decision not to reduce,” his lawyer, Robert Warmsley, wrote in a Friday letter to Cook, who has never met the sperm donor.

Note that the word “reduce” means “kill”.

Given the pressure she’s under, Cook said Tuesday that she was wavering on her decision to keep all three babies.

“I have to reduce. I’m scared. I don’t want to suffer,” said Cook, who is split from her husband and lives in Woodland Hills, Calif.

The article states that the woman is already raising four children and had a fifth child as a surrogate for someone else. Now we learn that she is split from her husband. One has to wonder if she became a surrogate for the money and now is making life or death decisions based on what is financially best for her, not the unborn.

Jennifer Lahl, head of the Center for Bioethics and Culture, a group that opposes surrogacy, said the Cook case is the first she’s aware of in which a surrogate mom has gone public to expose the pressure she’s under to undergo an abortion.

“Why on earth would Cuomo want to set up a system like this in New York? It’s parent breeding,” said Lahl, who is seeking to help Cook.

At least 22 states allow surrogacy fee arrangements.

Why indeed.


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