Melissa Cook said she was confronted with a harrowing decision: Would she abort a fetus she was carrying for someone else?
The 47-year-old Californian had agreed to be a surrogate for a 50-year-old postal worker in Georgia, and she became pregnant last year with three boys. But then, she said later in a lawsuit, the man expressed concerns about his dwindling finances and about the health of the babies. He asked her to undergo “selective reduction” to eliminate one of the embryos.
“I am pro life and I am not having an abortion,” Cook told him, according to court documents. “They are all doing just fine.”
She said he told her he considered adoption but thought it would be cruel to separate the triplets and opted for abortion instead.