Around two years ago, a two-times surrogate mother was being forced to abort one of the fetuses, but even then, she pushed in a desperate attempt to save one of the children. Brittneyrose Torres from Thousand Oaks, California, USA signed a $30,000 contract with the couple to be a surrogate mother, and while originally two fertile eggs were implanted, one of them split which means that she was pregnant with triplets: two boys and a girl.
At first, the biological parents seemed pleased with the triplets, but at 13 weeks, they had a change of plans.
They told Torres to abort the girl due to “increased medical risks for developmental disabilities.”
Torres checked with her doctor who informed her that everything was fine and no medical reason existed for an abortion.
She offered to adopt the baby, but the parents refused that option as well. Then, she contacted the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, asking for information and advice on what she can do to hold on to her decision of not aborting.
The CBCN describes itself as a place that “addresses bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity, especially issues that arise in the lives of the most vulnerable among us.” The center is headquartered in Pleasant Hill, California, and deals with everything from suicide, to surrogacy, to euthanasia.
She told the New York Post, “I could not emotionally and physically do that at nearly 13 weeks. I believe it will be killing this baby.” She went public in order to warn other prospective surrogates about the demands that may be placed upon them. “They shouldn’t be forced to do something they don’t want to,” she said.