Over the course of her pregnancy, Crystal Kelley was to be paid $22,000 to be a surrogate mother for a Connecticut couple who desperately wanted another child. But when Kelley was five months pregnant, an ultrasound revealed that the baby had "a cleft lip and palate, a cyst in her brain and serious heart defects." Because the baby would have to undergo several risky surgeries and had little chance for a normal life, the couple asked Kelley to have an abortion, even offering her an additional $10,000.
She refused. Lawyers were hired. Kelley ultimately moved to Michigan, where babies legally belong to the woman who carry them, even if the woman is a surrogate. "Baby S" was born and adopted by a family who try to "[provide] S. with love, opportunity, [and] encouragement" despite her slim chance of survival. The Connecticut couple has visited her there and keeps in touch with her adoptive family. [Source]
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