The drama started when doctors discovered that the baby Kelley was carrying had a cleft lip and palate, a cyst in her brain and serious heart defects. At 21 weeks pregnant, CNN reports Kelley was “absolutely terrified” about the next ultrasound and the parents’ reaction.
But Kelley couldn’t have imagined what came next. The parents no longer wanted the baby—and they didn’t want her to carry the little girl to term. The parents wanted their surrogate to have an abortion. But Kelley adamantly opposed terminating the baby’s life.
“I told them that they had chosen me to carry and protect this child, and that was exactly what I was going to do,” Kelley told CNN. “I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God.”
But the child’s biological mother wasn’t about to give up so easy. CNN reports that she contacted the Hartford Hospital the next day to ask about different types of abortion. When Kelley failed to follow through on terminating the pregnancy, the parents offered to pay her $10,000 to end the pre-born baby’s life. And when Kelley refused the money, the parents hired a lawyer to intimidate her.
“You are obligated to terminate this pregnancy immediately. You have squandered precious time,” wrote Douglas Fishman, an attorney in West Hartford, Conn., CNN reports. Time was of the essence because Kelley was 22 weeks pregnant. At 24 weeks it would no longer be legal to abort the baby. The lawyer threatened her with breach of contract because she had agreed to abort in the case of a “severe fetus abnormality,” but Kelley still refused to kill the life developing inside her.
Although the baby was born with heterotaxy, multiple congenital heart defects, diabetes inspidus, syndromic lobar holoprosencephaly, she was carried—and loved—by a surrogate mother and adopted after birth by a loving family. Despite her infirmities, Kelley reports that Baby S, as she is called for privacy reasons, is a “lively, thriving little girl.” Amen.