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‘Trailer Trash’ and ‘Crazy Bitch’: Surrogate Mom Claims Abuse by Drewitt-Barlow

Posted on | August 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

 

When a San Diego woman agreed to be a surrogate mother for two gay Brazilian men who wanted to become fathers, she did not expect an ordeal that would leave her deeply in debt and mocked as “trailer trash” by the British millionaire whose agency brokered the surrogacy contract.

Megan Hoffner said she was left nearly $80,000 in debt, mainly from unpaid medical bills, after her dispute with the British Surrogacy Center, owned by millionaires Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow. In 2015, Hoffner told her story to the Sunday Mail of London, sharing emails in which Barrie Drewitt-Barlow called her “trailer trash,” “a crazy bitch who deserves to be locked up” and an “utterly selfish cow”:

Millionaire businessmen Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow present themselves as the poster boys of British surrogate parenting.
But for one surrogate the decision to work with their British Surrogacy Centre (BSC) has proved to be disastrous.
The Drewitt-Barlows were the first gay couple named on a surrogate baby’s birth certificate and went on to have four more children, set up their surrogacy agency and star in reality show The Parent Makers.
But 5,000 miles away in San Diego, Megan Hoffner claims she has been left £60,000 in debt, stands on the brink of losing her home and is embroiled in a legal fight which has taken her to the edge of financial ruin.
It is a complicated tale mired in claim and counter-claim from which no one emerges unscathed.
‘This whole process has been a disaster,’ she says.
‘The low point for me was going into hospital for an emergency Caesarean section and waking up to find nobody would tell me if the twins I was carrying were alive or dead. I still have nightmares and anxiety attacks to this day.’ . . .

Read the rest at the Sunday Mail. The Drewitt-Barlows were in the news again today when they appeared on a British TV program with their own now-16-year-old twins, Aspen and Saffron. Critics have called the commercial surrogacy industry a form of human trafficking:

That something is not quite right about surrogacy has been evident for some time. Ever since the commercial surrogacy industry kicked off in the late 1970s, it has been awash with scandals, exploitation and abuse. From the infamous “Baby M” case – in which the mother changed her mind and was forced, in tears, to hand over her baby – to the Japanese billionaire who ordered 16 children from different Thai clinics. There has been a total commodification of human life: click; choose race and eye colour; pay, then have your child delivered.
Then there’s the recent case of the American surrogate mother who died; or the intended parents who refused to accept a disabled child and tried to get their surrogate to abort; not to mention the baby factories in Asia.

Several countries have outlawed the womb-for-hire business.

 

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