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February 4, 1988 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and EILEEN V. QUIGLEY, Times Staff Writers
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the landmark custody case of Baby M that contracts paying a woman to give birth to a child amount to illegal baby selling. But, in a 7-0 decision, the court awarded custody of Baby M to her father and gave visitation rights to the child's biological mother, Mary Beth Whitehead Gould, who bore the infant under contract.
March 21, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 23 - 29, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Ripper Street Investigation into the brutal slaying of a newspaper boy leads Inspector Reid (Matthew MacFadyen) to one of the city's most eminent financial institutions in this new episode. 9 p.m. BBC America Da Vinci's Demons The second season of the historical drama series premieres with Leonardo (Tom Riley)
November 6, 1990
In your editorial ("Child's Interest Is Paramount," Oct. 23), you applauded the decision of Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr. giving exclusive parental rights to the Calvert/Johnson baby to his genetic father and mother. You supported the judge's view that Anna Johnson is not the child's "real mother." Rather, she is likened to a foster parent who only temporarily cares for a child. The primary difficulty with this resolution of the Calvert/Johnson case is that there is no basis in state law to deny Johnson's parentage.
February 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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April 11, 1998
Quadruplets were born Thursday to a surrogate mother at Long Beach Community Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The quadruplets were in the neonatal intensive care unit. The names of the surrogate mother and the biological parents were not released to protect their privacy, said spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham. Hospital officials would not release the babies' condition or say how much they weighed.
January 22, 1992
Surrogate mother Elvira Jordan, who won a major battle when a Superior Court judge awarded her partial custody to a child she bore to an infertile couple, is suing her therapist for malpractice, alleging improper counseling before the pregnancy. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Jordan contends that Nina Kellogg should have known that she was susceptible to mental distress when she recommended her for surrogacy. Jordan is suing for an undetermined monetary award.
January 16, 1987 | United Press International
A judge today denied increased visitation rights for surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead, but the woman angrily vowed the baby "will be home" and said she would never surrender the child. Judge Harvey Sorkow ruled there was no reason to increase the two-hour visitation sessions Whitehead now has with the child known as Baby M. Whitehead, who conceived the child by artificial insemination, is disputing custody with the natural father, William Stern of Tenafly, N.J.
March 26, 1988 | Associated Press
Surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould has asked for twice-a-week visitation with "Baby M" but the child's father wants to block all visitation, court briefs say. Gary Skoloff, a lawyer for the girl's father, William Stern, said in legal papers released Friday that he will present testimony at a visitation hearing Monday that will show the child's psychological welfare is at stake. The hearing was ordered by the state Supreme Court in its ruling Feb.
November 12, 1986
Three surrogate mothers from Southern California--along with one surrogate mother-to-be and a surrogate still attempting to get pregnant--announced Tuesday they are forming a national organization to ensure that women will continue to have the right to bear babies for childless couples. At a Beverly Hills press conference, the surrogates expressed outrage over a suit filed by Mary Beth Whitehead, a New Jersey surrogate mother who is seeking custody of the child she bore for another couple.
A Huntington Park surrogate mother, who won joint custody of a baby she bore for a former Orange County couple, admitted last week that she committed welfare fraud and agreed to repay the government more than $8,500. Under an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Elvira Jordan, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of welfare fraud and will be placed on three years' probation.
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom. " In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the generational disconnect through a cataclysmic night for one family. Directed by Julia Dyer from a script by her late sister, Gretchen Dyer, the film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
September 10, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The New Normal," which premieres Tuesday on NBC, concerns Bryan and David (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha), a gay couple who want a baby; Goldie (Georgia King), the young woman they hire as a surrogate mother; Goldie's quirky-precocious 8-year-old daughter, Shania (the invaluable Bebe Wood); and her problematic grandmother, Jane (Ellen Barkin). I'm no fan of the works of its well-known co-creator, Ryan Murphy, who has "Nip/Tuck," "Glee" and "American Horror Story" in his portfolio.
September 9, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES    The Voice:  The singing competition returns for a new season with vocalists from across the country invited to compete. Celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with Carson Daly as host. (8 p.m. NBC). The L.A. Complex: Kal (Andra Fuller) enlists Abby (Cassie Steele)
May 8, 2012
Grab your blankets and beach chairs, Oscar is going casual. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday the slate of movies for its first outdoor screening series, to be held at its new Oscars Outdoors venue in Hollywood. The lineup, which kicks off June 15 with a screening of "Casablanca," is a mixture of classics and contemporary films designed to appeal to a broad swath of the moviegoing public. Screenings will take place Friday and Saturday evenings through Aug. 18, with Saturday evenings devoted to family-friendly fare, such as "The Princess Bride" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
February 19, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Americans have long gone to China to adopt babies. In a twist, Chinese couples are now coming here to become parents — through surrogacy. China does not permit surrogate parenting, but that country's rising affluence has given many couples the option of coming to U.S. surrogacy clinics. California, with its large Chinese American community and its courts' liberal attitude toward surrogacy, is a prime destination. Jerry Zhu and Grace Sun of Beijing have so far saved $60,000 toward the expected $100,000 cost of surrogate birth.
August 29, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Judge David G. Sills, presiding justice of California's 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana who made significant rulings regarding surrogate parents, died Tuesday after a long illness, the court announced. He was 73. Sills was appointed presiding judge of the appellate court's 3rd Division in 1990 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian and served for more than 20 years. In that role the judge led reviews of civil and criminal decisions handed down by Orange County Superior Court. Known as a consensus builder and a gifted writer, he was the author of more than 2,400 majority opinions during his tenure at the busy court.
August 24, 2001
A California couple who hired a British woman to have a baby for them and then backed out when they found she was carrying twins will continue paying her medical expenses despite a bitter court battle the three are involved in, attorneys said Thursday. Surrogate mother Helen Beasley, 26, who is preparing to deliver twins in December, will receive $6,500 from Charles Wheeler and Martha Berman of Berkeley on Monday, the couple's attorney, Monty McIntyre, said.
November 29, 1986 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
The so-far successful pregnancy of a woman believed to be the West Coast's first surrogate mother for a "test-tube" baby was announced Friday at Century Hospital in Century City. In a procedure not widely developed around the country, someone other than the biological mother has been successfully implanted with a test-tube baby conceived in a laboratory from the parents' sperm and egg, according to Dr.
April 24, 2011
Is it a zoo or a museum? Yes to both. The San Diego Zoo and its Safari Park long ago shattered the mold for the cat-in-a-cage attraction. Now other visionary organizations are pushing the limits, putting nature on display more naturally, then adding a pinch of Smithsonian. If you're traveling the West this spring or summer, treat yourself and the kids to a genuine close encounter of the critter kind — educational benefits no extra charge. -- Ken Van Vechten Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson; (520)
His shoulders are slumped from too many gigs, too many drugs and way too many women. The bags around his eyes droop nearly to the bottom of his cocktail glass. His whole body is haloed in the cigarette smoke that would contribute to his death from throat cancer at 64. As channeled by Obba Babatundé, Sammy Davis Jr. finally concedes to the exhaustion that he's been postponing since his days as an adorable child dancer working the vaudeville circuit with his dad. The moment comes fairly late in the second act of "Sammy," the appreciative bio-musical written by Oscar- and Grammy-winner Leslie Bricusse and directed by Keith Glover, which had its world premiere Friday at San Diego's Old Globe.
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