A Michigan couple is being forced to adopt their biological babies after they were born through surrogacy because of a decades-old anti-surrogacy law in the state. Jordan and Tammy Myers' twins were born two weeks ago, but two judges denied them the legal rights to the infants, citing the law.
Jordan and Tammy hoped for a sibling for their 2-year-old daughter when Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly six years ago.
"Initially I thought, I'm too young and there's no way it could be breast cancer," Tammy told CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste. "My first two questions for her were, how long do I have? And my second question was, can I have more children? Can I still have another baby?"
Her medical treatment left her unable to go through another pregnancy, so Tammy froze her eggs and in 2019, she and Jordan turned to gestational surrogacy.
Asked if they ever thought they would be in a situation where they had to adopt their own children, Tammy said, "We really, truly didn't believe that someone could hear the history and not give us rights."
Tammy and Jordan found their surrogate Lauren Vermilye after posting on Facebook. Vermilye, who is married with two children of her own, lived nearby and volunteered to carry the Meyers' child for free.
"I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer 11 years ago. And just, I know what cancer can take away from you. And just to be able to help bring that hope back to somebody just really, really appealed to me and my husband," Vermilye said.
Soon after two of the Myers' embryos were transferred to Vermilye, they learned they were having twins. The process was going well, until the couple tried to get legal parental rights.
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