#1 "Buyers of Baby Gammy" Would Have Preferred an Abortion of the Baby
08-14-2014, 02:23 PM
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One of the many problems with commercial surrogacy. A Third World woman is contracted to carry a child for a Western couple. The child ends up being twins, and one of them has Downs Syndrome. The Western couple wants the Downs baby aborted, the Third World surrogate says no and launches a campaign to solicit donations to keep the baby alive. At the moment, the Western parents only have the healthy twin. Meanwhile, Thailand may end up banning surrogacy. The icing on the cake: the Western father of the twins? A registered sex offender and pedophile.
Baby Gammy’s father David Farnell defends himself on Australia’s ‘60 Minutes’
The father of a twin baby with Down syndrome went on television to say he did not abandon his new baby, but would have aborted him if he had known about the baby’s condition. ‘Parents want their children to be healthy,’ he said on air.
The father of a baby born with Down's syndrome to a surrogate told Australia's "60 Minutes" on Saturday that he demanded a refund on his surrogacy fees and would have terminated the pregnancy had he known earlier that his baby had Down syndrome.
David Farnell, 57, and his second wife, Wendy, hired a Thai surrogate to carry a set of twins for them. Baby Gammy, a boy, has Down syndrome, while Pipah, a girl, is healthy. Pipah is home with the Farnells in Bunbury, Australia, while Gammy remains in a hospital in Thailand.
The Farnells are accused of abandoning Gammy in Thailand, which they staunchly denied on the program.
Farnell, a convicted sex offender, cried and stumbled his way through an interview with the Australian news program.
"Parents want their children to be healthy," he said through tears. "It was late in the pregnancy we learned the boy had Down's. … They sent us the reports but they didn't do the checks early enough."
Still, Farnell said that they will head back to Thailand to bring Gammy home.
"We miss our little boy."
But 21-year-old surrogate Pattaramon Chanbua isn't ready to give up the baby just yet, and may even try to have Pipah returned to her as well. She is soliciting funds online for their medical expenses and has raised more than $235,000.
Farnell added that he never told his surrogate mother to have an abortion and that "we still wanted him." Chanbua denies those claims.
Farnell, an electrician, also spoke about his 1997 conviction as a sex offender, stating that even though he had children at the time of his sexual urges toward children, his lustful feelings are in the past —and baby Pipah is safe in his care.
I'll do everything in the world to protect my little girl," he said.
Australia's child welfare services are investigating the case but say it will take weeks to decide if Farnell and his wife are suitable to parent the children.
The Farnells, who met via a matchmaking website, tried eight years for a baby, Farnell said on "60 Minutes." Last year, they started the Thai surrogacy process — which has little regulation — as a "last chance."
Chanbua had been paid $15,000 to carry the twins. It is unknown how far along she was before learning that one of the babies had Down syndrome.
Last edited by Elspeth; 08-14-2014 at 02:30 PM.
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