Abduction, identity and donor babies

Image: New York Daily News / Getty ImagesBaby CarlinaThe story of Carlina White, the American woman who was abducted as a baby and has only just found her mother and her own identity, has made world headlines. But how many journalists are drawing the obvious moral of the story: kids need to know who they are.

Right now, babies are being concocted in laboratories around the world from the ova and/or sperm of anonymous donors and in some cases carried to birth by surrogate mothers -- all to satisfy the desires of adults to have a child. Their successes will be written up with sentimental approval.

Twenty-three years ago a woman stole Carlina White from a hospital in Harlem for the same reason and named her Nejdra. She faces going to prison.

Nejdra/Carlina became pregnant at 16 and asked for her birth certificate. When her putative mother could not produce one, her long-held suspicions about her parentage were confirmed. AP reports:


Then, around Christmas time, she called a hotline at the National Center for Missing Children, saying simply: "I feel like I don't know who I am."

Investigators soon matched her to the unsolved 1987 case and, after a DNA test, she and her real family were reunited.

"I'm overwhelmed. I'm just happy. It's like a movie. It's all brand new to me," she told the News.
Already the children of donor dads are telling their sad stories to the public, but no-one seems to be in the wrong here and nothing looks like changing. Why?

 

icon

Join Mercator today for free and get our latest news and analysis

Buck internet censorship and get the news you may not get anywhere else, delivered right to your inbox. It's free and your info is safe with us, we will never share or sell your personal data.

Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.