- Melissa Cook became a surrogate mother to help pay her bills after divorce
- She discovered the father was single, deaf 51-year-old living with his parents
- He then demanded she ABORT one baby because he couldn’t afford it
- He asked clinic staff to limit her visits despite complications such as hypotension \
‘When I became pregnant with triplets, I was thrilled,’ she reflects. ‘I believed then that everyone has the right to be a parent.’
However, six years on, she thinks very differently. For not only did she never see the three babies after they were born, but she has no idea where they now live.
Long-running legal efforts to get access to the children have failed and she is profoundly worried that they are not safe.
Melissa’s case was thrown out by the District Court of California and the Appeals Court. A request for it to be heard by the Supreme Court was denied.
‘All this has been devastating. It’s affected my own children and my boyfriend, too,’ she says. ‘I think about the triplets all the time, wondering how they are.
‘Commercial surrogacy shouldn’t be allowed. The mother has no rights. No one ever checked the home of the intended father before the triplets were born.
‘He didn’t even have to go through a psychological background check like I did. When we went to court, the judge said the contract I signed basically gave the father all rights to the children.