Hollywood divorce spat leaves surrogate baby in limbo

Associated Press/Photo by Paul A Herbert/Invision
Associated Press/Photo by Paul A Herbert/Invision

Former View host Sherri Shepherd has decided she no longer wants the unborn child she and her soon-to-be ex-husband hired a surrogate to bear.

Although she initially requested custody when the couple first filed for divorce May 2, Shepherd said she no longer wants the child, due July 28, for financial reasons. Shepherd claims her TV writer husband, Lamar Sally, duped her into having a child so he could divorce her and claim child support, Hollywood news site TMZ reported. Shepherd wants a court to rule she has no parental rights or responsibilities. The couple used Sally’s sperm but a donor’s egg for the pregnancy, so Shepherd has no genetic connection to the baby.

Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, views the controversy surrounding Shepherd’s baby as further confirmation of broader problems associated with surrogacy. “When a baby is created as a purchased product, we should not be surprised when the merchandise is returned,” he noted in National Review.

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