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i just saw a Facebook news post about an Australian couple who went through with surrogacy in Thailand, but when one of their twins was born with Down Syndrome, they abandoned that twin with the surrogate and took the healthy twin back home with them.

of course there are two sides to every story, and the Australian couple has stated that they asked the surrogate to terminate the baby once they found out that the baby had Down Syndrome, but she refused… apparently this was done at 8 months (according to some media reports), which would have been a pretty sick termination in my opinion, as fetuses older than 8 months live ALL THE TIME, so it’s pretty much terminating a baby at that point, not just a fetus.  while this certainly isn’t the time or place to debate abortion issues, i think we can probably all agree that 8 months is FAR too old to terminate, no matter what the situation.

so, the surrogate refused, and the babies were born, and the couple took the healthy one and left the baby with Down Syndrome… i think this is a pity in so many ways, because while it’s not ideal to have a baby with any sort of illness or condition, babies and children with Down Syndrome are all so different and they might have had a wonderful life with this baby… however, they judged him before they even met him and then rejected him… i think that sucks, i think they should be punished somehow…

it now comes out in reports that the father is also a convicted sex offender… so i am not  sure what happened here, what kind of screening was done, if any, clearly there wasn’t any.  that said, there was really no screening for hubby and i either that i recall, so i guess this is just the way.  what that says about the wife, i won’t comment.

anyways, this whole thing is a pretty sick example of surrogacy gone awry, and it’s stories like this that make the journey all the harder for those exemplary couples who would do anything to have a successful surrogacy.

i guess i just felt like commenting on the sick case… i saw it on my newsfeed and it reminded me of why people have such a hard time with surrogacy… cases like this continue to make it an uphill battle for those who barely have any fight left in them… 

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About namaskarambaby

We are a BC couple who are about to start the process of having a baby using a gestational surrogate in India. We would like to share the process, so the steps will be clearly laid out for other couples who would like to know about this journey, as they may be in a similar situation. We also will likely stay anonymous, as this is a bit of a private process, and we are so early on in the process, that we aren't even sure it's going to work. "Namaskaram" is a greeting in Hindi (the official language of India), which is appropriate for people of all ages... I guess it's similar to Namaste, which is commonly used in the yoga community. This is our first blog, so bear with us. Stay tuned.

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