Dealbreaker

Surrogate carrying triplets refusing biological parents’ demand to abort one of the fetuses

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A California woman who agreed to act as a surrogate for a couple that was unable to get pregnant is now locked in a dispute with them over the number of fetuses she’s carrying in her womb. Brittneyrose Torres, 26, signed a contract with the biological parents of the fertilized eggs that were implanted inside her, that would pay her a minimum of $25,000 to deliver the baby and an additional $5,000 if she were to deliver twins. Torres had two fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus with the hopes that one of them would develop into a viable fetus. In a somewhat unexpected twist, both eggs developed and one split, forming twins. The biological parents, citing a provision in the contract signed with Torres, have demanded she abort one of the fetuses, but she’s refusing to do so. She claims the couple was excited at first about the prospect of having triplets, but suddenly changed their outlook. “I could not emotionally and physically do that at nearly 13 weeks,” Torres told The New York Post in an interview. “I believe it will be killing this baby.” Torres is now in her 17th week of pregnancy and she explained why the couple abruptly ordered her to abort one of the fetuses — and the reason she’s gone public with the story.

Read the full story at The New York Post.

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