Baby M

(redirected from Mary Beth Whitehead)
A female infant born in mid-1980s in New Jersey by a surrogate mother contract; at the time of birth, the gestational/natural mother reneged on the contract, and the ensuing court battle became a cause célèbre on the issue of surrogate parenthood
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But that changed after the Baby M case in 1986, in which the surrogate, Mary Beth Whitehead, refused to give the baby to the biological father and his wife.
The courts of New Jersey found that Mary Beth Whitehead was the child's legal mother and declared contracts for surrogate motherhood illegal and invalid.
The Baby M case, in which surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead tried to renege on her contract and keep the baby she was carrying for a New Jersey couple, was a tabloid sensation in the mid 1980s.
Mary Beth Whitehead, 40, was forced to give up her daughter in the Baby M tug-of-love case that gripped America a decade ago.
In what way was Mary Beth Whitehead a surrogate mother?
Was it fair that the Sterns could summon witnesses to analyze Melissa's patty-cake technique, while Mary Beth Whitehead could not respond with a salvo of her own, save for the few witnesses who helped her gratis.
The father, William Stern, had contracted with the mother, Mary Beth Whitehead, to bear him a child through artificial insemination.