Monday, October 10, 2011

Anderson: Black Market Babies Scandal

Anderson opened the program on the streets of NYC, holding a friend's baby and introducing today's topic, Black Market Babies Scandal. Once in the studio the topic was further explained and Taylor, who unknowingly adopted a baby created by a black market baby ring, sat down with Anderson to tell her story ~


Melissa Brisman, a surrogacy attorney, joined in the discussion to discuss how the law hasn't caught up with technology and also discussed how reputable attorneys handle surrogacy contracts. Kimberly and Heather, two women who unknowingly carried black market babies (part of the same ring) joined Anderson to share their experiences. Alecia and Scott; who knew Heather from a previous surrogacy experience, helped the FBI bring down the black market baby ring and ended up adopting Heather's baby - a little girl. Kimberly lost her baby at 18 weeks and 3 days. No one was at the hospital to claim the baby, so she named him and had him cremated. When she contacted the shady lawyer - she was asked for proof of the fetal demise and never reimbursed for expenses incurred. The three woman running the ring were caught and are being prosecuted; but the maximum fines and sentences are minimal. Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., and director of a Center for Bio-medical Ethics was on hand to discuss why the back market exists and why it's likely to continue.

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ACAnderFan said...

I didn't really like today's episode of 'Anderson'. Black market babies just really don't interest me.

Anonymous said...

@ACAnderFan may I ask what does interest you? You never seem to like anything on either of Anderson's shows unless he's acting all cute and adorable.

Anonymous said...

Anderson does not look all that comfortable holding a baby.
He seems to do better with animals.

Anonymous said...

I with ACAnderFan on this one. I found the program boring and pretty pointless when the consensus was that black market baby rings weren't going to go away. I'm amazed at how clueless some of the guests were going into the venture; research would have told them something wasn't right. I have a hard time feeling sorry for people that don't educate and/or protect themselves.

I prefer to be entertained in the daytime - not depressed and left feeling helpless.


Anonymous said...

@6:13 PM

If her interests in Anderson were purely physical is she not allowed to say? I wasn't informed that you had to like everything about Anderson in order to comment on this blog.

Many who visit have different interest in Anderson Cooper. I haven't watched 360 since it went live @ 8PM. I do check here occasionally for summaries. If I see something interesting I will watch the show on demand. I'm working when the talk show is on so I catch up with it on this blog.(A big thanks to the ATA staff for that) I too find it amusing when Anderson is "acting cute and adorable". But why is it your business to judge why anyone comments here or the content of their comments?

It truly does baffle the mind to see that a man who is known to be one of the nicest to his fans has fans who constantly backbite each other.

Anonymous said...

@1:13AM: It's called a conversation.
People have opinions about what other people say and that makes this blog all the more interesting.
If everyone always agreed, it would be a very boring world.