Theresa Erickson and the moment that started it all? This has to be where the idea of baby selling began. The whole plan is laid out in front of you for everyone to see. We even have a picture.
Helen Beasley and her attorney Theresa Erickson were trying to "exploit the situation."
CNN August 14, 2001
There has been and continues to be a fully qualified couple who is ready, willing and able to immediately accept custody of the children by taking over the surrogacy contract. … Ms. [Theresa] Erickson knew this..... ABC NEWS August 14, 2001
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This is the first legal case in California involving a couple who've decided they no longer want the babies being carried for them by a surrogate mother.
Beasley is staying in San Diego until the babies are born. The British woman wanted the children to be born in California so that legal jurisdiction would not be further complicated.
"My ideal solution is that the babies are born here, and I'm allowed to find new parents for them," Beasley told 10News.
"They don't have to be mega rich or anything, just so that they want the children and they'll be around to watch them grow up," she added.
On Sunday, the couple's lawyer, Diane Michelsen, said another set of American parents has been found to take over the surrogacy contract.
"There has been and continues to be a fully qualified couple who is ready, willing and able to immediately accept the custody of the children," she said.
"Family building is a very private matter," she said.
Erickson said that the question of the children having a home was never really a concern.
"Somebody is going to raise the babies, that's not the issue here,"
A surrogate mother from Britain has filed suit in San Diego Superior Court against a California couple, charging that they abandoned the children they hired her to bear.
Helen Beasley, 26, is pregnant with twins—an issue that prompted Charles Wheeler and Martha Berman, both San Francisco, California lawyers, to terminate their contract with her, Beasley’s attorney said.
"They didn’t want two babies. They wanted one baby and that’s it," Theresa Erickson, a San Diego attorney, said earlier this week. "When Helen said she wouldn’t reduce, they said, ‘Well, we only wanted one. We don’t want to separate them, so you figure out what you’re going to do with the two babies.’"
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How can this not be where it all began. Theresa Erickson had recently opened her own law firm after working in the DA's office and hit the National Spotlight with a Surrogate who's Intended Parents didn't want the baby. This is a real case of the Intended Parents walking away from the Surrogate and Theresa represented the Surrogate and filed breach of contract lawsuits against the parents and tried to win the parentage rights for the Surrogate so that she could then adopt out the babies to the couple that she would get to pick.
A lawyer representing the couple contacted Beasley and said she would have to find another couple to take the children if she did not follow through with the abortion. LA Times. August 11, 2001
Yes, this really did happen in 2001 and Theresa Erickson was on National TV at least 12 times representing the Surrogate and making sure that she got paid and was named the parent so that she could adopt out the baby.
When Theresa was on TV for the entire summer of 2001 how many parents do you think contacted her and offered to adopt the babies? I am sure that they would pay any price to help the babies and the abandoned surrogate.
Her name, international reputation, and financial empire all built around this case.
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Helen Beasley and her attorney Theresa Erickson were trying to "exploit the situation." CNN August 14, 2001