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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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121.

Dan    

TMZ is getting really pathetic. Stick to being a gossip news site and not political. Things are put in contracts all the time that will never apply. It's called "covering the bases". There is nothing that says they had even 1% of an intention of applying this. Just another sad attempt by left wing media bias to smear the person they don't support. Sad and pathetic!!

727 days ago
122.

catherine    

WHAT THE HECK WITH THE KIDS YOU LIBTARDS??????

HOW COME DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS KIDS ARE OFF LIMITS????

ALGORE'S BABY BOY HAS BEEN PICKED UP NUMEROUS TIMES FOR BEING DRUNK, PILLS AND GOING OVER 100 MPH ON NATION'S HIGHWAYS,

THAT DRUNK CHELSEA, THE DAUGHTER OF A FELON WHO MARRIED THE SON OF A FELON.............FOR (6 MONTHS) WAS ALMOST REMOVED FROM OXFORD AS A DRUNK

(DRUNK LIKE HER WHORE FATHER) BUT YOU LIBTARDS IGNORE THEIR LITTLE UGLIES AND ONLY BASH THE KIDS OF REPUBLICANS..................

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH..............HITLER DID THAT WHEN HE SLAUGHTERED THE JEWS................HE KILLED THE KIDS TOO
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU GUYS????


SHAME ON YOU HARVEY...... BARRY IS SUCH AN IGNORANT MAN WE UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE TO HELP HIM............BUT LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE...........

REMEMBER................BARRY'S MOM WAS A WHITE WOMEN WHO WHORED WITH BLACK MARRIED MEN AROUND THE WORLD
(YEAH CHECK IT OUT).................

WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO BARRY IF WALL TO WALL ABORTION WAS THE THEME OF THE LAND BACK THEN LIKE IT IS NOW..............

LIBTARDS WANT TO ABORT ALL AMERICAN BABIES BUT WELCOME THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS DROPPING THEIR BABIES FOR FREE

AMERICA IS DONE WITH YOU BOYS, YOU ARE NOW NO MORE CREDIBLE THAN MSNBC COMMIES........................SAD HARVEY......................BUT WE FEEL YOUR PAIN...................BARRY IS JUST SUCH AN IGNORANT BAG OF GARBAGE - YOU HAVE TO HELP HIM

....MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF INTELLIGENT BLACK MEN IN AMERICA - --YOU DUMBOCRATS PICKED A LOSER......................

AND WE ARE FIRING HIM...........AND THE WHOLE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS FIRED NOW................BLAME BARRY, NOT MITT'S SON..................

727 days ago
123.

anonymous    

The son is not running for president!!!

727 days ago
124.

Carrie     

TMZ your just pulling for $hit now, that's a STANDARD contract. WHO CARES??????

727 days ago
125.

catherine    

THANK YOU POSTERS..........YOU GIVE ME HOPE OUT THERE IN LIBERAL LAND.............THANK YOU.........

HARVEY AND OTHER LIBTARDS, THIS SHOULD BE A WARNING TO YOU BOYS THAT YOU HAVE GONE WAAY WAAAY TOO FAR TO SAVE THE WORST PRESIDENT AMERICA HAS EVER SEEN............

EVEN JIMMAH CARTER'S GRANDSON IS SECRETLY TAPING TO DESTROY ROMNEY.............

HE LOVES THAT BARRY IS WORST THAN HIS GRANDPA ----- OFFLMFAO.............

LIBTARDS, NOT ONLY DO WE REMOVE THE STAIN BARRY HUSSEIN BUT WE REMOVE THE MEDIA THAT SOLD US THIS BAG OF GARBAGE..........AND NOW HARVEY, THAT IS LOOKING LIKE YOU BOYS.........

AND BARRY HAS WIPED THE ENTIRE DEMOCRAT PARTY OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH THIS TIME..........

YOU BOYS SHOULD HAVE PICKED SOMEONE NOT IGNORANT (AND TO YOU IRRATIONAL BUSH HATERS THAT MEANS 'STUPID ON STEROIDS' OFFLMFAO).

ESPECIALLY AFTER YOU BOYS STOOD ON OUR STREETS FOR 4 YEARS WITH 'KILL BUSH' SIGNS -----YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE PICKED SOMEONE INTELLIGENT TO REPLACE HIM, OFFLMFAO

727 days ago
126.

jennifer    

Tired of politics , one sided is so old already and most Americans see through it. Move on already !

727 days ago
127.

voting rocks    

NIce hatchet job, TMZ! I see you outlined the 'story' in red. The leftmedil will stop at nothing to discredit Mitt. It reminds me of when they called Palin a 'stay-at-work mom', but Mrs. Obama was lauded as a wonderful, working mom. Shame on you.

727 days ago
128.

JT    

Typical Republican. They like to force others to do things that they think don't apply to them.

727 days ago
129.

jennifer    

Lol!!!! Sooo true this is becoming CNN2. Reaching is the least you can say for this. Now TMZ is going to give us political news. I will be sure to check here first before I vote.

727 days ago
130.

Rocco    

Keep on hammering Mitt until we're rid of him in 7 weeks. Intelligent Americans thank you.

727 days ago
131.

Sara    

Good! It shows he's smart and understands the importance of protecting the life of a living human being. I'll be voting for him. He's not as crazy as his constituency.

727 days ago
132.

Ali    

TMZ should be ashamed and embarrassed for running such an asinine story. It makes you look like fools.

727 days ago
133.

snowcat    

To all the Mitt Romney haters....Remember he was elected Govenor of the most liberal state in the nation...Massachusetts....TWICE!!! He was a great Govenor and it is the only time we have had a balanced budget in the last 25 years... Gov Romney and Lt Gov Healy did not collect a salary during their first term.Granted,neither needed to collect a salary,but many politicians don't and take a salary anyway.He work well with Senator Edward Kennedy.He was pro choice as Govenor and I suspect he still is,just promoting a pro life stance to receive the conservative vote.I don't believe he will reverse Roe vs Wade.

I am a registered democrat but Romney will get my vote.

I do not blame Pres Obama for the current state of the nation....that was all Pres GW Bush.Anyone who thought Pres Obama could straighten out the economy mess during his first term,doesn't know much about politics.My only issue with Obama is his inexperience in politics before becoming President.He hadn't been a Senator too long before becoming President of the United States.I think Pres Obama has done the best possible, given the mess he was handed in 2008.

727 days ago
134.

Gretel    

No Kardashian news today? This is absolutely and totally irrelevant. The surrogate is simply an incubator who may have wanted that clause kept in the contract because though she is willing to carry their children she may not be willing to die so they can have them. Maybe he and his wife would choose not to do so, but that would be between the two of them. The surrogate is nothing to them but an incubator.

727 days ago
135.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Sandy, here's the thing. I just Googled and searched "Tagg Romney abortion clause". I got hits for Gossip sites like TMZ, some blogs, but no CNN and except for an oblique referense from a blogger who is a contributor to HP, No Huntington Post either.
Basically what you have here are Celebrity sites regurgitating their own stories.
I suggest you actually do some research before you decide to bemoan the existence of the "LEFT WING MEDIA" All you're doing is showing your narrow mindedness and Right Wing bias. That, and your total lack of desire or capability to do any investigation of your own

727 days ago
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