A surrogate who refused to abort a baby suffering a heart defect after his biological parents ordered her to do so has spoken out about the emotional rollercoaster she has been on, one year after she gave birth to the child.
Three-time surrogate Stephanie Levesque gave birth to a baby boy just days before Christmas on December 21, 2017 at the Medical City Women’s Hospital in Dallas.
At her 16-week mark, doctors revealed the baby had been suffering a serious heart defect – when the biological parents demanded the surrogate abort due to the high risks.
Levesque, however, had completely opposite beliefs about the matter and ultimately refused to do so.
Three-time surrogate Stephanie Levesque has spoken out about her emotional pregnancy and birth
On week 16 of her pregnancy, doctors sadly revealed the baby was suffering a serious heart defect
The biological parents demanded she abort the baby, and she refused. The child was ripped away from her mere moments after birth
Levesque sat down for an interview with WFAA this week and said: ‘I thought we were completely on the same page… I had no idea that if something did happen, we’d be so divided.
‘Before you proceed in carrying for a couple, you discuss your beliefs on abortion, you have to have really hard conversations.’
The shocking conflict has caused Levesque to reach out to legislators, in hopes to revise surrogacy laws and push for stricter written contracts to protect both biological parents and their surrogates.
When asked what the past year has been like for her, the surrogate revealed she’s been through ‘a lot of mourning’ and ‘heartache’.
Levesque, who has twin daughters of her own, said she and her daughters heard the baby’s heartbeat several times during hospital checkups, and simply couldn’t give up hope.
An ultrasound of the baby boy is seen from June, 26, 2017
Levesque, a real estate agent from Texas, was a surrogate two other times. Both were successful pregnancies
When December 21 came, hospital staff was vigilant.
Levesque was allowed one quick glance at the boy she carried in her womb for nine months before they ripped him from her mere moments after birth. She hasn’t seen the child since.
Levesque said to this day, she doesn’t know what the boy’s name is, or whether he is healthy.
‘I don’t know his name. I don’t know how much he weighed. I don’t know if they chose to do surgery.
‘I assume they immediately took him to the NICU, but I do not know, I do not know,’ she added.
Levesque, a real estate agent from Texas, was a surrogate two times prior. Both were successful, healthy pregnancies.
Levesque, who has two twin daughter of her own, said she and her daughters heard the baby’s heartbeat several times and simply couldn’t give up hope
Levesque and her daughters are seen in the hospital for the birth
The surrogate is pictured in a selfie with her twin daughters taken during a hospital visit
The woman remained close with the families of the other two babies. She called all three pregnancies the ‘most beautiful gift’ there is.
Aside from her legal crusade, the mom-of-two is also in the process of writing a book about her surrogacy journey, which she said isn’t over.
She broke down in tears toward the end of the interview as she said: ‘I was given a voice for a reason.
‘I was given a platform for a reason, and because of all the heartache that I have experienced, I know my story is not over.
‘I cannot end on heartache.’
Earlier Friday, Levesque took to her Facebook page to thank family, friends and followers for their support.
Earlier Friday, Levesque took to her Facebook page to thank her family, friends and followers for their support. She spoke about the child under the pseudonym Luca
She wrote: ‘First of all, thank you all SO MUCH for the support I’ve received throughout the last year.
‘Today is a hard one, and I can’t explain how much it means to feel like I’m being wrapped up in a huge hug by all my friends and family. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!’
She then spoke about the child under the pseudonym Luca, which has a special meaning to her.
‘In honor of Luca’s 1st birthday (Major shout-out to my brother-in-law, Kyle, who named my sweet surro-baby. (Kyle actually named him Luca prior to me being asked to abort.) Luca means “bringer of light”, and how unbelievably appropriate is it that his mere existence is bringing light to so many issues?!? Amazing, right??),’ she wrote.
‘I wanted to share my insight on why surrogacy laws need to be changed and how my experience shed light on these issues. Please, if you feel compelled to, share this post so awareness can be brought to these issues!’
The Luca’s Law blog post can be viewed here.