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Mitt Romney's Son

Signed 'Abortion' Clause

In Surrogate Birth Contract

9/21/2012 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has learned Mitt Romney's son Tagg -- who had twins this year through a surrogate -- signed an agreement that gave the surrogate, as well as Tagg and his wife, the right to abort the fetuses in non-life threatening situations ... and Mitt Romney covered some of the expenses connected with the arrangement  ... and it may boil down to an incredibly stupid mistake.

The twin boys -- David Mitt and William Ryder -- were born on May 4, 2012.  We've learned Tagg and his wife Jen, along with the surrogate and her husband, signed a Gestational Carrier Agreement dated July 28, 2011.  Paragraph 13 of the agreement reads as follows:
   
"If in the opinion of the treating physician or her independent obstetrician there is potential physical harm to the surrogate, the decision to abort or not abort is to be made by the surrogate."

Translation:  Tagg and Jen gave the surrogate the right to abort the fetuses even if her life wasn't in danger.  All the surrogate has to show is "potential physical harm," which could be something like preeclampsia -- a type of high blood pressure that could damage the mother's liver, kidney or brain, but is not necessarily life-threatening.

Paragraph 13 goes on:

"In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision to abort or not to abort is to be made by the intended parents.  In such a case the surrogate agrees to abort, or not to abort, in accordance with the intended parents' decision."

And there's another relevant provision in Paragraph 13:

"Any decision to abort because of potential harm to the child, or to reduce the number of fetuses, is to be made by the intended parents."

Translation:  Tagg and his wife, Jen, had the right to abort the fetuses if they felt they would not be healthy.

Sources connected with Mitt Romney tell TMZ, Mitt was involved in the surrogate arrangement because he paid some of the expenses connected with the agreement.  We do not know if Mitt Romney read the contract or knew the terms.

Mitt has said, "I'm in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest and the health and life of the mother."  Otherwise, Romney is against abortion.

Now for the stupid mistake.  We've learned Tagg chose the same surrogate in 2009, who gave birth to a boy.   Attorney Bill Handel -- a nationally-known expert in surrogacy law who put the deal together between Tagg and the surrogate -- tells TMZ when the 2009 contract was drafted there was no Paragraph 13 providing for abortion because Tagg and his wife didn't want it.

Handel says in 2011, when the second contract was being drafted, everyone involved "just forgot" to remove Paragraph 13.  Handel says, "No one noticed.  What can I say?"

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346.

Mark    

So Mr. Romney funds abortions. This is information the Neocons will approve of I'm sure. Mitt's funny.

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347.

J    

You guys are unreal shame on you, you're so bias. Pre-eclampsia by the way could make life worst than death if it damages the mother's brain. Hang in there boys I know you're trying to get invited to one of those Prez Obama parties by posting this stuff.

669 days ago
348.

Jen    

R u kidding me TMZ? R u just desperate for a story????? Let me clarify something......Preeclampsia can be very life threatening. It can quickly advance to HELLP syndrome and is deadly to the fetus and mother. The only treatment for preeclampsia is delivery.

669 days ago
349.

Rachel    

okay...hi im a democrat, pro choice and voting for obama,,,,,what was the purpose of this post...to attack Romney? This is sort of the clinics contract to be responsible for? You should probably focus more on the attorney that wrote this contract...... If it was romney's legal team, I'd be all yo, thats ****ing wrong....But I dont see why this is brought to our attention? Thats their business, stay out of it, and to bring newborns into it....i dont see any point for this article.

669 days ago
350.

Michael    

Come ON Harry!

669 days ago
351.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Wow TMZ what a scoop_DNC stands for DIALATion and Curettage or ABORTION _ look it up- D and C_

nice try O_CRATS.

This couple wanted a baby_went through a lot_stark constrast to gals who use abortion as birth control_grow up TMZ_get with the program_we know OBO will win in a landslide this NOV. 7_so don't even bother to vote REPLUBLICANS_just go have a nice lunch on NOV. 7_wed.

So why rub salt in our wounds Harvey ? WHY ?

669 days ago
352.

Dani    

Leave the kids out of this race. TMZ you're getting as bad asthe Star or Enquirer.

669 days ago
353.

Sheila Shigley    

Only IDIOTS at TMZ would create a story like this because TMZ is full of gay idiots who don't have any education.

669 days ago
354.

TT    

If you are a member of the republican party, a tea party member, or a conservative and you think that their is nothing wrong with the agreement you are a bunch of hypocrites. If this were the son/daughter of a democrat it would be all over Fox News. I had preeclampsia with both of my pregnancies and while it can be life threatening, bed rest is usually the recommended treatment not an abortion!

669 days ago
355.

TT    

If you are a member of the republican party, a tea party member, or a conservative and you think that their is nothing wrong with the agreement you are a bunch of hypocrites. If this were the son/daughter of a democrat it would be all over Fox News. I had preeclampsia with both of my pregnancies and while it can be life threatening, bed rest is usually the recommended treatment not an abortion!

669 days ago
356.

Ridiculous    

WHY IS THIS NEWS?!?!? You are trying *way* too hard to dig up stories on Romney....why don't you focus the same amount of effort to find Obama's college records??!
This story is a non-story, it proves NOTHING about their stance on abortion, it's a standard contract and nothing happened. The fact that this is even printed is an embarrassment to TMZ and the pathetic desperation that the media has to find dirt on Romney. I'm not a huge fan of Romney, but even I can see how pathetic the witch hunt after him is getting. DESPERATION.

669 days ago
357.

seamack    

And if they had not signed it then it would have been an article on how horrible they were for not giving the surrogate the right to terminate for the sake of her health. Really TMZ? That clause is ongoing and in full. They can't jeopardize the health of the surrogate and in order to maintain that health they had to sign the entire clause. They couldn't leave it out because there MUST be a clause (check surrogate law) that shows value to the health of the surrogate and the fetus. You know why don't you guys stick to what you know best and report on how someone in Hollywood is having yet another nervous breakdown and stay out of politics and law. Your making the wrong people celebrities (i.e. the Colorado murders) and trying to get into politics and law where you clearly don't belong! Stick to celebrities.

669 days ago
358.

Miz_Fit    

comment

669 days ago
359.

tune59    

Good for them!

669 days ago
360.

lori    

Wait what? So, you are telling me that preeclampsia is not life threatning? YES it is is. It can cause a stroke and also can cause the fetus or child to die! I had it with my pregnancy's and almost died... get your facts straight! Also birth is the only cure for it, so if she has it she would have to have the child to get better! y'all are idiots!

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