Dutch couple fights to keep surrogate baby
4 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The Dutch couple that bought a surrogate daughter from a Flemish woman will take their case to court in a bid to keep the baby.
4 July 2005
BRUSSELS — The Dutch couple that bought a surrogate daughter from a Flemish woman will take their case to court in a bid to keep the baby.
They decided to appeal to a Dutch court after Oudenaarde Children's Court in Belgium ruled late last week that baby Donna must be returned to her country of birth.
The Dutch couple — who live in Leusden, near Utrecht — do not intend to give the baby up and their lawyer said a Dutch judge must decide the girl's fate.
However, the Flemish couple who initially asked the surrogate mother to bear the child hopes the baby will eventually be placed into their care.
The initial mother-to-be said on Saturday she could not imagine the child would be given to someone else, not even temporarily to a foster family.
She allowed herself to be filmed as she bought baby's clothes over the weekend, Belgian newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Monday.
Oudenaarde Children's Court said the return of the baby to Belgium was in the child's best interests.
The public prosecutor said, however, no decision has been made as to when or how the baby will be returned to Belgium. The matter is still to be discussed with the Dutch government.
Baby Donna was initially promised by her surrogate mother to a couple from Herk-de-Stad in Flanders.
But the woman refused to hand the child over to the couple after the birth and then offered it to a Belgian gay couple.
When the gay couple refused to accept the child, the surrogate mother gave Donna, possibly after money exchanged hands, to the Dutch couple in Utrecht last February. The baby is still being cared for by the Dutch couple.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian + Dutch news