The Short of It
A surrogate carrying triplets is refusing to abort one of the fetuses despite the biological parents' wishes.
New Yorker Brittneyrose Torres, now 17 weeks pregnant with triplets, told the New York Post that her clients "knew from the beginning that we wouldn't want to abort unless it was a life-and-death situation. We would never want to abort a baby's life."
But she now finds herself in a situation she never wanted to be in. The biological parents have asked her to end the life of one of the three fetuses.
Torres was implanted with two fertilized eggs, one of which split in two. She says the parents, who can't have kids of their own, were excited at first about having three babies—twin boys and a little girl. But around week 12, they said an increased risk of developmental disabilities made aborting the girl necessary, although the surrogate says her doctors say there's no evidence of abnormalities.
"I could not emotionally and physically do that at nearly 13 weeks. I believe it will be killing this baby," Torres says she told the biological mom.
Some of her stipend has been cut for refusing the abortion, which the parents claim they have a right to demand due to a provision in their contract with the surrogate.
Torres has offered to adopt the baby girl, but the parents are not open to that option. No matter the outcome of this seemingly impossible situation, she now hopes no one else will have to go through this.
"They shouldn't be forced to do something they don't want to," she says.