Surrogacy, Donor Eggs, and Legal Battles, Oh My!

What Can be Learned from the Cindy Close Texas “Just a Surrogate” Battle

While this isn’t a direct adoption related story, it is in many ways as it touches on many of the same issues and injustices that we see currently happening in the United States and worldwide today.

Quick Run Down of the Custody Battle in Texas

Cindy Close and Marvin McMurrey decide to have children together. They had known each other since 2005 and neither had prospects for families by time they were in their forties. They were not in a romantic relationship, but the story goes that they planned on co-parenting.

McMurrey ‘s sperm was used for IVF. Due to Cindy’s age (47-48), they used donor eggs and Cindy was technically a gestational mother with no genetic relationship to the twins that were successfully implanted during the second round of IVF that McMurrey paid for. According to the reports, both parents were happy with the upcoming birth of the twins. There is some discussion that Cindy might have been pushed to opt for the donor eggs, but that also would have increased her changes of actually baring the children.

Please read the whole story on Yahoo!

More news coverage of the case here:

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206664/Cindy-Close-Woman-48-twins-long-time-friend-claimed-just-surrogate.html
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-marquardt/surrogate-motherhood-_b_2024435.html
  • http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/229373/288/Woman-duped-into-becoming-surrogate
  • http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/28/outfront-update-surrogate-custody-battle-continues-in-texas/
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About the Author

Claudia Corrigan DArcy
Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has been online and involved in the adoption community since early in 2001. Blogging since 2005, her website Musings of the Lame has become a much needed road map for many mothers who relinquished, adoptees who long to be heard, and adoptive parents who seek understanding. She is also an activist and avid supporter of Adoptee Rights and fights for nationwide birth certificate access for all adoptees with the Adoptee Rights Coalition. Besides here on Musings of the Lame, her writings on adoption issue have been published in The New York Times, BlogHer, Divine Caroline, Adoption Today Magazine, Adoption Constellation Magazine, Adopt-a-tude.com, Lost Mothers, Grown in my Heart, Adoption Voice Magazine, and many others. She has been interviewed by Dan Rather, Montel Williams and appeared on Huffington Post regarding adoption as well as presented at various adoption conferences, other radio and print interviews over the years. She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Rye, children, and various pets.

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