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4/30/2013 (2 years ago)

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Unable to conceive or adopt, mom impregnated daughter with sperm donations

A horrific case of forced motherhood has come to light in British courtrooms. Authorities have learned that a 16-year-old girl was repeatedly impregnated by her mother with sperm donations that the mother bought online.

The daughter was compelled by her mother to use douches consisting of vinegar, lemon and lime juices because her mother believed this would result in a female baby.

The daughter was compelled by her mother to use douches consisting of vinegar, lemon and lime juices because her mother believed this would result in a female baby.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Pregnancy, insemination, mother, daughter, cruelty, adoption


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to court records, the girl gave birth at the age of 16 after two years of insemination attempts that were carried out in the home.

The mother, who already had three adoptive children, was convicted of child cruelty after forcing her oldest daughter to carry a fourth baby for her.

The victim daughter is thought to have miscarried at age 14, but went on to deliver a baby at 16 after repeated attempts to impregnate herself with donor sperm her mother purchased online. Unable to give birth herself due to a health condition, the mother undertook the vile scheme when she was denied approval to adopt again, a court heard.

The mother is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for child cruelty.

Identified only as "A" in court records in order to protect her and her child's identities, the daughter "allowed her body to be used by her mother because she loves her" and said she was "not brave enough" to fight back, the court judgment read.

Homeschooled and cut off from contact with her adoptive father, whom the mother divorced, as well as from neighbors, the girl had no friends aside from her two younger adopted siblings.

Starting at age 14, she underwent the "degrading, humiliating and, on occasions, painful" ordeal in which she was forced to inseminate herself "alone in her bedroom, using syringes of semen and douches prepared by the mother."

The daughter was compelled by her mother to use douches consisting of vinegar, lemon and lime juices because her mother believed this would result in a female baby.

The girl said she was "shocked, pretty shocked," by her mother's sick request, but went through with it, believing "if I do this...maybe she will love me more." She was also influenced by "feelings of gratitude for [her own] adoption."

As in regards to social services, there were the four reported times they came knocking at the home, but the "highly articulate" mother was able to mislead them.

Authorities successfully intervened after "A" gave birth, when midwives alerted them to odd behavior from the "pushy and insensitive" mother, and "A's" reluctance to hand the baby to her.

The judge presiding over the case expressed "an abiding sense of disbelief that a parent could behave in such a wicked and selfish way towards a vulnerable child," the court judgment read.

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