Surrogate carrying triplets sues to stop forced abortion

A surrogate mom who refuses to abort one of the triplets she’s carrying because the father only wants two of the kids filed a lawsuit Monday claiming that California’s surrogacy law is unconstitutional.

“I no longer view surrogacy arrangements in the same favorable light I once did. Children derive a special benefit from their relationship with their mother,” the woman, Melissa Cook, said in a statement to The Post.

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

The Post reported on Cook’s heart-wrenching dilemma last November, when the intended father from Georgia threatened to financially ruin the 47-year-old surrogate mom by imposing monetary damages if she refused to abort one of the fetuses, citing a provision in their contract that allowed him to request a “reduction.”

Cook’s lawyers filed a 47-page complaint in Los Angeles state Superior Court claiming the contract with the biological father and the California surrogate law it relies on violate due-process and equal-protection rights under the US Constitution.


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