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Tagg Romney: abortion clause in surrogate contract
21 September 2012 11:54 AM
Mitt Romney - remember him? He used to want to be president - has a bunch of sons who all look like him. The one that most looks like him is called Tagg. And TMZ - who else? - has a tale and a half about Tagg: "TMZ has learned Mitt Romney's son Tagg -- who had twins this year through a surrogate -- signed an agreement that gave the surrogate, as well as Tagg and his wife, the right to abort the fetuses in non-life threatening situations ... and Mitt Romney covered some of the expenses connected with the arrangement ... and it may boil down to an incredibly stupid mistake."
The website goes on: "The twin boys -- David Mitt and William Ryder -- were born on May 4, 2012. We've learned Tagg and his wife Jen, along with the surrogate and her husband, signed a Gestational Carrier Agreement dated July 28, 2011. Paragraph 13 of the agreement reads as follows: 'If in the opinion of the treating physician or her independent obstetrician there is potential physical harm to the surrogate, the decision to abort or not abort is to be made by the surrogate.'
Translation: Tagg and Jen gave the surrogate the right to abort the fetuses even if her life wasn't in danger. All the surrogate has to show is "potential physical harm," which could be something like pre-eclampsia - a type of high blood pressure that could damage the mother's liver, kidney or brain, but is not necessarily life-threatening.