A San Jose couple, Haseeb Amireh and Christy Amireh both traveled to Mexico in order to have a child through surrogacy. They decided not to return home after authorities refused to issue documents for their son.
The couple had started the surrogacy process a year ago in Mexico due to the low cost of surrogacy in Mexico compared to the United States. They visited Tabasco, Mexico on several occasions to visit the doctor and the clinic, and to visit the surrogate mother. Everything went smoothly until the governor suddenly stopped issuing birth certificates to surrogate families. Haseeb contacted the US embassy and California Representative Zoe Lofgren, who told the media that she was in constant contact with the embassy in Mexico.
A United States citizen who has a biological child abroad, including having a child through a surrogate mother, can apply for a birth certificate and passport at the country’s US Embassy. However law experts observe that it has been tricky for parents to get a birth certificate for a child born through a surrogate mother. The fact that surrogacy is new in Mexico complicates the matter. Couples have been advised to seek more information before opting for surrogacy in foreign countries.
A San Jose, California, couple who traveled to Mexico for the surrogate birth of their son a few weeks ago is now refusing to leave the country until they can take their son with them.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told ABC News today the department is aware of reports that Haseeb Amireh and Christy Amireh have not been granted a birth certificate for their son Grayson, who was birthed by a surrogate mother.
A birth certificate is necessary for Grayson to obtain a passport and come home, and Haseeb and Christy are not leaving without him, their friend Vivek Bobby Khullar told ABC News today.