I’m not normally one to just start watching a TV show, but one grabbed me tonight for no reason, and I ended up finding it incredibly fascinating.
This week’s Law & Order: SVU involved a mom that loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, and then becomes delusional, thinking her daughter was kidnapped. She hires a couple PIs to snag a girl that looks JUST like her daughter would have looked if she didn’t die. Then, DNA tests show that the nearly abducted child IS biologically the mom’s daughter. Investigation shows that at the root of this is an unethical fertility doctor who used mom’s fertilized eggs without her consent, and implanted them in this other woman, and that child she saw was her biological child, but the second mother was the one who gave birth to the child.
So the case goes to court, and the defense lawyer makes a compelling argument for how mom A was just following her maternal instincts, which no law could stop. The prosecuting attorney feels like she’s already lost the case, since she perceives the jury to already emotionally be on the defendant’s side. After all, how can one be guilty of kidnapping her own child? Especially since that child was “produced” against her will, and without her consent.
So the kicker is that a colleague of the prosecuting attorney brings up Solomon, and explains the story of the two women who are arguing over the child. The prosecuting attorney takes this advice to heart, and then lights into the child during the trial, repeatedly trying to get the little girl to realize that mom A really is her “egg mommy.” The child loses it at this point, and the judge even wonders where this line of reasoning is going. The child can’t stand this, hates it, doesn’t want to hear that her parents aren’t her real parents, and so mom A breaks down, and refuses to go on, pleads guilty, and for all intents and purposes, the case, and show, ends.
Yikes! Talk about some crazy means and ends. No one is going to ever be the same after this, and all because of an unscrupulous doctor. I don’t know what would happen if this really happened. This would be incredibly complex, and the precedent this would set would have to be unbelivably nuanecd, or else this would open all sorts of issues up. Ideally, if the doctor weren’t unscrupulous, this would never have happened, but conceivably, something like this could merely be a result of a mistake, and not any sort of fraudulent or disingenuous intentions.