Belgium to prosecute internet baby ‘parents’

Belgium wants to prosecute the a Dutch couple who bought a baby on the internet, along with the child’s Belgian surrogate mother, news agency ANP reports on Thursday.

Baby Donna was born in February 2005 and sold to a couple in Leusden. The child had originally been pledged to her biological father and his wife, who were unable to have children of their own.
The Dutch prosecution service ruled earlier that the Dutch couple could not be prosecuted for illegal adoption. They have also been given custody of Donna, who is now four, because stability is in the child’s best interests. Her father has been given limited access.
Belgium says the case has a large number of international implications and there needs to be a legal framework for dealing with surrogacy.

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