Dutch couple buys surrogate baby
23 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch couple has bought a baby for a reported EUR 15,000 via the internet from a surrogate mother in Belgium.
23 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch couple has bought a baby for a reported EUR 15,000 via the internet from a surrogate mother in Belgium.
The couple, who live in Utrecht, has also initiated an adoption procedure, Belgian newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Monday.
The newspaper said it had interviewed the couple, who wished to remain anonymous.
The revelations are just the latest controversy surrounding baby Donna, who has been in the spotlight for some time in Belgium.
The Flemish surrogate mother promised last summer to bear the baby for a childless couple.
During the pregnancy the woman offered the baby up for sale via the internet, without informing the Flemish couple who had arranged the pregnancy. The couple was initially informed the woman had suffered a miscarriage.
The Dutch adoption couple which was given the baby almost immediately after she was born denies any knowledge of what transpired in Belgium.
"We don't know anything of the history and have acted correctly. What went wrong in Belgium is not our problem," the adoptive father said.
Two months before the birth, the surrogate mother tried to pass the child onto a gay couple from the Limburg region in Belgium. The couple refused because it "smelled" like child trading.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news