Terror For Triplets as Surrogate Fights Forced Abortion
The clock is ticking for one of the 3 babies being carried by Melissa Cook. If the lawsuit Cook filed Monday is unsuccessful, one of her unborn children will be lost to a forced abortion.
How is this possible? Melissa Cook is a surrogate mother.
The father of the unborn children, with whom Cook signed a contract for $33,000, only wants two children.
Since she is pregnant with 3, his solution is to “reduce” the number via abortion. He contends that their contract allows him to make such a decision.
Cook is refusing to go along with his dictate. In her lawsuit, she claims to be the legal mother of the children and is seeking custody of, at least, the baby targeted for abortion. (Cook is not the biological mother. She was impregnated by in-vitro using the sperm of the man who hired her and the eggs of a female donor.)
The father’s response was to threaten monetary ruin by way of imposing financial damages if she continues her refusal.
In a 47 page complaint filed by attorneys for Melissa Cook the constitutionality of the California surrogate law and the contract with the biological father are being called into question.
The assertion of Cook and her lawyers is that the contract and the law violate equal-protection rights and due process.
Cook told The Post “I no longer view surrogacy arrangements in the same favorable light I once did. I now think that the basic concept of surrogacy arrangements must be re-examined, scrutinized and reconsidered.”
It will be interesting to see where the courts come down on the decision.
Given the “woman’s right to choose” chant that abortion supporters reverberate, it will be difficult for them to argue against her case. Should the case drag on too long, the abortion will become a moot point. At the time Cook initially went public in November, she was already 17 weeks pregnant.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan
source: Fox News