Surrogate Mom Pregnant With Triplets Refuses Parents’ Demand to Abort One of the Babies

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2015   |   1:05PM   |   Washington, DC

Another surrogacy case involving abortion has cropped up — this time in California — and it has the surrogate mother of trip-lets rejecting demands by the parents to abort one of the babies.

Brittneyrose Torres, 26, has reportedly been ordered to abort one of the babies. She originally implanted was implanted with two fertilized eggs which developed in her womb — a boy and a girl. One of the eggs split to create twin boys, so Torres is now pregnant with two boys and a girl.

Torres is now 17 weeks pregnant and she says the birth parents knew ahead of time that she would not have an abortion unless the pregnancy created a life and death situation for her.

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“We would never want to abort a baby’s life,” Torres says.

The New York Post has more on the situation:

‘We did not think we would be in this position,’ Torres said.

Torres had become a surrogate for the birth parents after learning they could not have kids in a Facebook post shared by the birth mother’s sister.

The surrogate told the Post that the birth parents seemed excited about having the three babies, but once she reached about week 12 of the pregnancy, they ordered her to abort the female fetus.

Torres said the birth parents made the demand citing ‘increased medial risks for developmental disabilities’ but after getting in contact with her doctors, the surrogate said there were no abnormalities.

‘I told her I couldn’t abort one of the children,’ Torres said. ‘I could not emotionally and physically do that at nearly 13 weeks. I believe it will be killing this baby.’

Torres has reached out to surrogacy watchdog The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network in an effort to fight the abortion demand, according to the Post.

Under her contract, she is reportedly set to receive at least $30,000 which includes $25,000 for carrying one child and an additional $5,000 for carrying two or more babies.

Torres reportedly decided to come out with her story after learning about surrogate Melissa Cook last month, who is also carrying triplets and refused a demand to abort one of the fetuses.

After reading about Cook’s situation in the news, a friend of Rose’s contacted the Center for Bioethics and Culture, a watchdog group for surrogacy exploitation, and asked for legal help to save the unborn triplets, the report states.

“This woman was asked to submit to an abortion. She’s asking for legal help,” Jennifer Lahl, director of the center, told the news outlet. “That’s why Melissa Cook’s story was so empowering. When one woman tells her story, it encourages other women to come forward. There’s strength in numbers.”

As LifeNews previously reported, surrogate mother Melissa Cook told The Sun that she is facing immense pressure to abort one of the triplets. The California woman is 17-weeks pregnant. She found out about the triplets at about eight or nine weeks, and the biological father has been pressuring her to abort one of them since then.

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The babies were conceived using the father’s sperm and a 20-year-old donor’s eggs, according to the report. Cook’s contract with the biological father from Georgia says she would be paid $33,000 for the pregnancy, plus $6,000 for each additional child, the report states. By not aborting the third baby, the father’s lawyer warned Cook that she could lose all the money and have to pay to take care of the children herself.

Cook sent a response to the Georgia father, writing: “The doctor put in three healthy embryos. The chances were high they were all going to take. You knew I was 47 years old. If you knew you only wanted two babies, then why put in three embryos?”

Cook has four of her own children, including a set of triplets, according to the report. When her story was first reported, Cook appeared to be wavering under the biological father’s intense pressure.

“I have to reduce,” Cook said. “I’m scared. I don’t want to suffer.” But at another point in the interview, she said: “They are human beings. I bonded with these kids. This is just not right.”

Since Cook’s story was first published earlier this week, people have been volunteering free legal assistance and even adoption of the third triplet, according to the Post. Others are collecting donations to help her and the babies. The Center for Bioethics and Culture also is helping Cook fight for the lives of all of her unborn triplets.