By SHAUNA ANDERSON
A surrogate baby abandoned by its biological parents as they only wanted one of their twins.
A couple who heartlessly discarded an unwanted sibling.
The biological parents choosing to return to Australia with just one newborn.
The unwanted baby deserted.
You have heard it before right?
But sadly this isn’t baby Gammy, the baby with Down Syndrome who was left by his West Australian parents.
No this isn’t his horrific tale that left many of us stunned at the cold calculated methods through which an Australian couple cast away their own baby.
No this is an entirely different case, in an entirely different country.
You ready to be sickened again? Because another case has come to light.
It happened before Gammy- another Australian couple, another unwanted twin.
The ABC has uncovered a case so striking in similarity to Gammy’s that it beggars belief.
But his time the couple went to India for their surrogacy.
And the ABC reports that the baby was rejected with the full knowledge of officials at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and via pressure from an unnamed senior Australian Federal Politician.
It took place in 2012, the couple had used a surrogacy agency to secure them a surrogate mother.
She birthed a set of twins in India, but the parents did not want two babies, they only wanted one – of a particular gender, and when the mother produced the baby to their liking, they took that one and chose to discard its sibling.
The Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant told the ABC that consular officials had informed her of “pressure from Australia” to provide a visa for the newborn – but just for one of the babies.
She said the choice of baby was based on gender.
“They told me the surrogate mother had given birth to twins and the Australian couple only wanted one of the children,” Chief Justice Bryant said to the ABC.
Fairfax Media reports that the baby left behind while his parents went back to Australia was a boy.
“They already had one sex and they didn’t want the other child.”
She said that the consular staff” were extremely concerned about what was happening.”
“They were doing the best they could, they told me, to persuade the parents to take both children to negotiate with them.”
But to no avail.