By: Sherry Ann McGregor
Two recent articles on Yahoo.com sparked my attention and motivated me to write this article. One article was entitled 'Couples battle in Italy over IVF twins implanted in wrong woman'. The birth parents of the twins discovered the error three months after they were born and a genetic test was done to check for illnesses. It was reported that, under Italian law, the birth mother of a child is recognised as the legal mother.
In the second article, entitled 'Australian parents say they were forced to leave baby with Down's syndrome with surrogate', twins were separated after the biological parents took the healthy girl with them to Australia and left her brother with the surrogate mother in Thailand. (Thailand is often referred to as a surrogacy hub where 'rent a womb' services are known to thrive.) There are conflicting accounts as to why the baby boy was left behind, with the surrogate mother alleging that the parents did not want him after they learnt that he had Down's syndrome and the parents contending that they were told that he was so ill that he would not have survived for more than a few weeks.
Step Moms, Ladies planning on Adopting, going through or thinking of IVF or trying natural methods of getting pregnant.