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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