January 17, 1987 |
A surrogate mother fighting for custody of the child she agreed to bear for a childless couple may not spend more time with the baby as the trial proceeds, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Harvey R. Sorkow said surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead is to continue with her twice-weekly, two-hour visits with the 9 1/2-month-old girl under supervision at a building two blocks from the courthouse.
April 4, 1987 |
Surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead will not be allowed to visit her baby daughter while she appeals a judge's decision awarding custody to the biological father, an appellate panel ruled Friday. The three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of Superior Court said it was not in the best interest of the child, known in court as Baby M, to be exposed to Whitehead at this time.
September 21, 1990 |
In the fall of 1989, Mark Calvert, an insurance underwriter, and his wife Crispina, a registered nurse, were introduced to Anna L. Johnson to talk about the possibility of surrogate parenting. The Calverts, who had been married for eight years, could not have children. Crispina Calvert, 36, was unable to carry a baby because uterine tumors forced removal of her womb.
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February 20, 1987 |
A young Mexican woman testified Thursday that a San Diego County couple misled her into serving as a surrogate mother by promising that her embryo would be transplanted into the other woman's womb after just three weeks. Alejandra Arellano Munoz, 21, testified tearfully in Spanish that Mario and Natty Haro of Chula Vista reneged on the deal and then duped her into signing a two-sentence statement that they now claim is part of a binding surrogate-mother contract.
September 28, 1990 |
Surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson lost the right Thursday to have daily visits with the baby she bore for an infertile Orange County couple. Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr. said he made the ruling because tension during Johnson's visits to Mark and Crispina Calvert's home was harmful to the infant. Parslow also said that the Calverts, who hired Johnson for $10,000 to carry their embryo, could keep the little boy until another hearing on Oct.
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June 22, 1994 |
A Tustin couple and a surrogate mother who engaged in a landmark custody battle over a surrogate child have agreed to a legal truce. Under a tentative settlement agreement, Mark and Crispina Calvert have agreed to drop their lawsuit against Anna Johnson if she withdraws a cross-complaint. The Calverts signed a $10,000 contract with the Garden Grove woman in 1990 to carry a child for them. During her pregnancy, however, Johnson told the Calverts she wanted to keep the child.
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February 21, 1987 |
A Chula Vista couple who arranged for their Mexican cousin to be a surrogate mother for their child on Friday abandoned their court battle to prove that they had a legal contract, setting the stage for arguments over custody of the baby girl.
October 2, 1987 |
A 48-year-old grandmother acting as surrogate mother for her daughter gave birth Thursday to test-tube triplets, becoming the world's first surrogate mother of her own grandchildren. Pat Anthony and the triplets, two boys and a girl, were reported doing well after the early morning deliveries by Caesarean section at Johannesburg's Park Lane Clinic. Doctors were reported optimistic that all three would survive.
March 28, 1987 |
The child known as Baby M turned a year old Friday, and the surrogate mother seeking custody of the girl marked the occasion with a two-hour visit and birthday party. Mary Beth Whitehead, her husband and the couple's two children saw Baby M over the objections of William and Elizabeth Stern, the couple for whom Whitehead bore the child under contract.
April 3, 1987 |
Surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead, in her first public comments since the landmark Baby M ruling, said Thursday the judge who stripped her of the right to see her daughter can never sever their bond of love. "She is my flesh. She is my blood. No judge . . . is going to take that away from us," Whitehead said at a news conference. "There will never be a termination of the love I have for Sara, nor will there ever be a termination to the need Sara has for her real mother."