March 6, 1989 |
Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould, four months pregnant with her fifth child, throws up in the bathroom as the sun goes down. "Morning sickness, day and night, with all my babies," she says when she's finished. "It's a cross I have to bear." Her fourth child, 9-month-old Austin, crawls on the kitchen floor with the Shetland sheep dogs. Her first child, 14-year-old Ryan, skateboards in the street outside.
April 8, 1987
The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to hear surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead's appeal of the ruling that stripped her of all parental rights to the daughter she bore under a $10,000 contract. By deciding to take up the Baby M case directly, the state's highest court is allowing Whitehead to bypass the Appellate Division of Superior Court. The court also agreed to consider her lawyer's request for a stay of the March 31 decision by Superior Court Judge Harvey R.
February 2, 1987 |
The court-appointed guardian of "Baby M" asked a judge today to award the infant to her father and to deny visitation rights to the surrogate mother hired to bear the child. Lorraine Abraham, a lawyer appointed to represent Baby M's interests, said three experts--a sociologist, a psychologist and a psychiatrist--recommended that custody of Baby M go to William Stern and his wife, Elizabeth.
August 8, 1993
Some people would make it a crime to give someone of the same gender a kiss, but defend to the death their "right" to give a perfect stranger lung cancer. How's that for morality? WILLIAM D. STERN Los Angeles