October 5, 1993 |
After enduring a nasty three-year court battle that damaged them emotionally and drained them financially, Mark and Crispina Calvert on Monday had few regrets over their decision to hire a surrogate mother to carry their child. "It was all worth it," Crispina Calvert said as she gently touched her son, who sat on his father's lap during an afternoon news conference, playing with a little red truck and smiling for photographers. "He's our miracle baby," added a beaming Mark Calvert.
September 21, 1990 |
Attorneys for surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson and the infertile couple who hired her to carry and deliver their baby face a courtroom showdown today because they cannot agree on a temporary custody arrangement for the boy born Wednesday. Johnson was prepared to agree to "shared parenting," in which she would allow full visitation to Mark and Crispina Calvert, said the surrogate's lawyer, Richard C. Gilbert. But the couple said they would rather see the baby in a foster home.
February 24, 1991
Allow us to make a few corrections to "And Baby Makes Four" (by Martin Kasindorf, Jan. 20). First, I never stated nor implied that the Calverts did not go forward with our program because of finances. That was their decision, and no reason was given. Furthermore, the Calverts paid the center $2,000 for legal advice, counsel and the use of the contract, not $3,500 as you stated. Second, Anna Johnson never called or visited or applied to the center to be a surrogate. Her claim that she had been accepted by our center is preposterous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995 |
A Tustin couple who spent 3 1/2 years in a landmark custody battle over a surrogate child are back in the courtroom alleging that they are victims of the UC Irvine fertility scandal. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Thursday against the University of California and UCI's trio of fertility doctors, Crispina and Mark Calvert allege that their eggs and/or embryos were misappropriated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1990 |
The day after a judge's ruling changed their lives, Mark and Crispina Calvert looked to all the world like many other young married couples: He went off to work and she stayed home with the baby. But there was a telling sign that the emotional tumult that spilled into this house in the wake of a nationally watched test-tube baby case had not yet disappeared--on a sunny California day, the curtains were drawn.
February 14, 1993
According to lawyer Richard C. Gilbert, "it tortures the English language to say that a woman . . . who was never pregnant and never gave birth meets the traditional definition of the term mother ("Justices Cool to O.C. Surrogate Mother's Case," Feb. 3). Wake up! The family unit has changed so radically that the "traditional family" is practically nonexistent. Even Sesame Street has changed its focus from a mom-dad-two-children family to a family with other figures standing in for mom and dad, or excluding one parent altogether.