French Surrogate Mom Refuses Abortion of Triplet Baby Even if Life at Risk

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 1,

Paris, France ( — A French woman who is a serial surrogate mother and now pregnant with triplets refuses to have an abortion even though doctors say there is a small risk the pregnancy could threaten her life. Carole Horlock, 41, says physicians told her that the pregnancy could pose issues because of her age.

They said she has a 2.5 percent chance of suffering major medical problems, but the news isn’t deterring Horlock from going through with giving birth to all three babies.

This is Horlock’s ninth surrogate pregnancy, The Comet newspaper reports, and doctors have advised her to kill one of the babies to improve her chances of a healthy birth.

But Horlock, who is originally from Britain, has rejected their advice because they admitted there is a 12 percent chance that aborting one of the babies would result in the loss of all three.

"It’s not a risk I was prepared to take," she told the newspaper. "I’m not against abortion but I think if you intentionally start a life then you have no right to end it."

"I’m a healthy woman and I have delivered twins before with no problems so I don’t think it would be justified," she added.

Though Horlock has been a surrogate mother before, the Comet reports that this is the first time she used in-vitro fertilization to start the pregnancy.