THE ARTICLE on the front page of the Sunday Los Angeles Times left me stunned. Women lawyers operating a baby-selling ring. The surrogates were required to give birth in California. Apparently California is “one of the only” states where the adoptive parents can be listed on the baby’s birth certificate without actually going through an adoption. In other words, the adoption is completely secret. The biological un-relatedness of baby and parents kept below the radar. These adoptees won’t have the option of petitioning some court for their original birth certificates. They won’t even know that they’re adopted unless their parents choose to tell them.
The scheme was initiated in 2008. One of the ringleaders admitted that “she had carried and delivered at least half a dozen babies for the business.” Since “parents” paid $100,000 to $150,000 to call one of these infants their own, the big-boss-baby-carrier made herself a tidy sum on her own efforts alone. These women should go to prison. But maybe there’s some way for them to use their legal acumen and pay their debts to society for this outrage while under modified house arrest.
Battered women’s shelters, orphanages, the guardian ad litem program, and other causes could use their services. Their assets ought to be seized and given to the Open Records movements.
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