Law: It's All in the (Parental) Genes

A California court rules that bearing a child is not motherhood

The challenge was familiar to King Solomon: how to choose between two women, each declaring herself to be the child's mother. This time, however, one claimed motherhood because she had donated her genes, the other because she had donated her womb. That was the issue last week before California Superior Court Judge Richard Parslow, who broke new legal ground by awarding a test- tube baby to the genetic parents rather than to the surrogate mother. The woman had contracted to carry it for $10,000 and then changed her mind, saying she had "bonded" with the infant. "A three-parent, two-natural-mom situation is...

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