Monday, April 29, 2013

Girl, 14, forced to become pregnant with donor sperm bought by mother

Judge describes 'wicked and selfish' motive of using daughter to provide parent with a fourth child.

A young woman, her identity hidden, in silhouette against a window 

The daughter, A, began inseminating herself aged 14 at her mother's request, before successfully conceiving and then giving birth at 16. Photograph: Robert Matton/Alamy.
 
A mother forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to inseminate herself with donor sperm to provide a baby for her after she was prevented from adopting any more children, it can be revealed.

The daughter, a virgin, is believed to have miscarried at 14, but went on to have a baby at 16 after regularly inseminating herself with sperm bought over the internet by her "domineering" mother because she was too scared to refuse.

Details of the shocking case have emerged in a previously secret court judgment, which can be reported today for the first time and which raises serious questions over loopholes in international adoptions and the regulation of the global traffic in gametes.

The adoptive mother, who cannot be identified for fear of identifying her daughter and grandchild, is now serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting child cruelty.

For the rest of the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/28/girl-forced-pregnant-donor-semen?CMP=twt_fd

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