Surrogacy battle parents adopt different child
17 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A Belgian Limburg couple who initiated a controversial surrogate pregnancy and the birth of baby D. are about to adopt a different child.
17 March 2006
BRUSSELS — A Belgian Limburg couple who initiated a controversial surrogate pregnancy and the birth of baby D. are about to adopt a different child.
"We decided it this week. We are already looking for an adoption bureau. Baby D. will always remain a part of our life, but we must move on," the couple said.
The decision indicates the couple does not have much faith in their legal bid to gain custody of D., who is currently being cared for by a Dutch couple in Utrecht.
A DNA sample to reveal the identity of the biological father of the baby is still wrapped in legal obstacles and is still not allowed to cross the border into Belgium.
"The case will drag on for a long time," a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court in The Hague told Belgian newspaper 'Het Belang van Limburg'.
"The ruling will take several months. Only then will it be clear if the DNA can go to the Oudenaarde Court [in Belgium].
The Limburg couple is therefore poised to adopt a different child, in what will end a long-running battle for the man and woman to become parents.
Initially, they approached a Flemish woman to act as a surrogate mother. She agreed and became pregnant in 2004.
But mid-way through the pregnancy, the woman told the couple that she'd had a miscarriage and that the baby was fathered by her partner. She then offered the baby up for sale via the internet.
The baby was eventually handed over to the Dutch couple at the start of 2005. That couple claims it paid EUR 5,000 to the mother as compensation for costs, but other reports have indicated EUR 15,000 changed hands.
And a court ruling in the Netherlands last October put the Dutch couple one step closer to custody as the Utrecht Children's Court said they had a right to an undisturbed family life. No official ruling of custody was handed down however.
The Belgian couple that claims to have initiated the surrogate pregnancy is now demanding a DNA sample to prove that the man is the biological father. But legal wrangling continues.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news