Woman v the state

Surrogate pregnant with triplets sues to prevent forced abortion

Melissa Cook

A surrogate mother in California, who is refusing to abort one of the triplets she is carrying, has filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s surrogacy law is unconstitutional. “I no longer view surrogacy arrangements in the same favorable light I once did,” Melissa Cook told the New York Post. “Children derive a special benefit from their relationship with their mother.

“I now think that the basic concept of surrogacy arrangements must be re-examined, scrutinized and reconsidered.”

The triplets’ biological father requested the surrogate mother terminate one of them as he wants only two children, and threatened to impose monetary damages if Cook refused. Cook’s lawsuit claims she is the legal mother of the triplets and seeks custody of at least one who was targeted for abortion. A custody hearing would determine the outcome for the other two.

Cook is one of two California surrogates currently locked in a dispute over a demand to abort one of three fetuses.

Read the full story at The New York Post.

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