04-13-2015, 04:26 AM #1
Australian couple abandoned surrogate twin baby boy in India despite warnings
An Australian couple who went to India in 2012 to collect a surrogate baby girl, left her healthy twin brother behind because they 'could not afford him and only wanted a girl to complete their family'.
Now newly released (but heavily redacted) government documents have shown that Australian officials were aware the couple were from NSW where it's illegal to engage in international surrogacy, that they repeatedly warned the couple the baby boy could be left stateless, but still gave the green light for the couple to take just the baby girl back to Australia.
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Emails and cables between the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and Government officials in Canberra reveal the couple travelled to India late in 2012 to seek citizenship for a baby girl but told consular staff they would be leaving her twin brother behind..
According to the documents, the Australian man then misled consular staff when he told them he would be giving the boy to some friends in India "who were unable to conceive a child"...
By January 14, 2013, a further cable revealed the High Commission's concern with its own decision making.
"The risks involved include that the child becomes stateless and their welfare is compromised," the cable said.
"We are therefore concerned that our approach would leave us exposed to media and parliamentary scrutiny."
DFAT said the boy was formally adopted in India, although no documentation supporting that has been made public.
When the ABC first revealed the case in October last year, the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, said she had been told by concerned consular staff the baby may have been sold.
"They expressed to me that in fact money had changed hands, and if that's true, then that's basically trafficking children," she said.We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance
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04-13-2015, 04:42 AM #2
THAT is disgusting behavior on this couple's part. How is that little girl going to feel when she eventually finds out that she has a twin brother that her so called parents ABANDONED at birth??????“Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn
04-13-2015, 07:43 AM #3Registered User
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Oh my gosh how could they do that?! This is horrible. I hope they are named and shamed. I wonder if the Australian government will try to track the little boy down somehow? I don't know how international surrogacy works and who would be in charge of any criminal investigation/charges?
04-13-2015, 01:08 PM #4No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
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