Gay couple had to give a child back to surrogate because of DNA test results

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Two gay men from Netherlands had a dream to become fathers and applied for surrogacy to make the dream come true, but when the child was born the surrogate refused to give the baby girl who was named Hayley to the new family claiming that neither of the men was the biological father of this baby, and the DNA tests showed she was right. Arnout Janssen and Stefano Franke had found the woman online in 2016 and after a series of meetings hired her to carry their child. She underwent artificial insemination last September and was thought to be pregnant by one of the two men. To ensure in it she was asked to have only protected sex with her own husband, but she failed to keep this promise. “For us it was a huge shock. Hayley was and is our child,” Janssen said, “It still feels like that. She has been with us for two weeks. And suddenly, just on a beautiful spring day, she is gone and changes the nursery into a place of sorrow. As if somebody died.” A hearing to finalise the adoption took place last Friday, when the woman expressed a willing to keep her daughter. “As gay parents, you actually have no rights,” Janssen told AD, “Everything depends on the mother’s willingness and good faith. Apart from an internet checklist, we had nothing on paper.” On their blog about their surrogacy journey the two men wrote: “We do hope Hayley gets all the attention and love she deserves, and we hope she grows up to be an amazing woman. We love her very much and we will never forget her. To us she is our first child and we are blessed to have had her with us for 13 days.”

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