A surrogate mum claims she refused to abort the baby she was carrying despite being asked to do so by the biological parents after it was revealed the boy had a heart defect.
Speaking one year after she gave birth, Stephanie Levesque reportedly said all she saw of the boy was one quick glance before he was taken away – and she hasn’t seen him since.
The three-time surrogate from Texas, who also has twin daughters of her own, says she doesn’t even know the baby’s name after it is claimed he was taken away by his parents.
She said: ‘I don’t know his name. I don’t know how much he weighed. I don’t know if they chose to do surgery.”
When Stephanie was 16 weeks pregnant, medics told her the boy had a serious heart defect, it is reported.
His biological parents ordered her to abort him because of the high risks involved – but she refused to do so, the Daily Mail reports.
“I thought we were completely on the same page…I had no idea that if something did happen, we’d be so divided,” Stephanie said in an interview with WFAA.com.
“Before you proceed in carrying for a couple, you discuss your beliefs on abortion, you have to have really hard conversations.”
Stephanie went ahead with the pregnancy and gave birth on December 21 last year at the Medical City Women’s Hospital in Dallas.
But just moments after the baby boy was born, he was taken away by hospital staff and Stephanie says she didn’t see him again.
The mum said she has been through mourning and heartache as a result – adding that she doesn’t even know if he is healthy.
She has had to reach out to legislators and is fighting for stricter written contracts for biological parents and surrogates, it is reported.
In Facebook post last night, Stephanie wrote: “First of all, thank you all SO MUCH for the support I’ve received throughout the last year. Today is a hard one, and I can’t explain how much it means to feel like I’m being wrapped up in a huge hug by all my friends and family. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
“In honor of Luca’s 1st birthday (Major shout-out to my brother-in-law, Kyle, who named my sweet surro-baby. (Kyle actually named him Luca prior to me being asked to abort.) Luca means “bringer of light”, and how unbelievably appropriate is it that his mere existence is bringing light to so many issues?!? Amazing, right??), I wanted to share my insight on why surrogacy laws need to be changed and how my experience shed light on these issues.
“Please, if you feel compelled to, share this post so awareness can be brought to these issues!”