Surrogate Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of California’s Surrogacy Law
On Monday, a surrogate mother filed a lawsuit in California challenging the constitutionality of the state's surrogacy law after the biological father asked her to abort one of the fetuses or face monetary damages. In the lawsuit, the woman, Melissa Cook, argues that the $33,000 contract she signed with the biological father and the California surrogate law on which it is based violate due-process and equal-protection rights. Cook also is seeking custody of at least one of the triplets that she was asked to abort.
- "Surrogate Mom Carrying Triplets Fights Biological Parents on Abortion" (Campanille, New York Post, 1/4).
- "Pro-life Surrogate Files Lawsuit Against Postal Service Worker Who Hired Her To Get Pregnant and Then Demanded She Abort One of the Triplet Embryos" (Collman, Daily Mail, 1/6).