I am not advocating that these Australian "parents" be beaten to death on live Australian and Thai news broadcasts, because that would be illegal.

Biological parents are 'morally responsible' for abandoned baby, say Australian officials

Thai surrogate mother says request by Australian couple for her to abort Down's syndrome twin was "not human"

The Telegraph, 03 Aug 2014

Australian officials said yesterday that the couple who refused to take a baby born with Down's syndrome from the surrogate mother they had paid to give birth to him had "moral responsibility" for his welfare.

Pattharamon Janbua, 21, has received donations from around the world after she was left struggling to care for her six-month-old son Gammy, who has a life-threatening lung condition and is said to need surgery for a heart condition.

An online campaign titled Hope for Gammy had last night raised more than £112,000 to assist with medical his treatment.

The Australian couple, who have not been identified, took Gammy's healthy twin sister but refused to take the boy after learning of his condition.

Scott Morrison, Australia's immigration minister, said the parents had a "moral responsibility" towards the boy.

"This is an absolutely heart-breaking story," he told ABC Television. "I think perhaps this may fall more into the territory of what people's moral responsibilities are here.

"I can understand the longing and anguish of parents in this situation who want to be parents, but equally there are some serious issues here that have to be managed very carefully."

Ms Pattharamon, who works at a food stall in a village about 50 miles from Bangkok, was paid less than £9,000 to be a surrogate. She made the arrangement via a Thai agency and did not meet the Australian couple.

She said on Sunday that she was not angry at them, but felt their request to abort her baby when she was seven months pregnant - apparently three months after they were told of his condition - was "not human".

"I've never felt angry at them or hated them. I'm always willing to forgive them," she told Associated Press.

"I want to see that they love the baby girl as much as my family loves Gammy. I want her to be well taken care of."

The funds already raised have allowed the baby to be moved to a private hospital near Bangkok, where doctors said his condition has begun to improve.

The website has received dozens of offers to adopt the child, though Ms Pattharamon has said she loves the boy and will “not give my baby to anybody”.

Australia does not allow parents to pay a surrogate mother though it is permitted if a woman volunteers and does not make a profit. Up to 500 Australian couples go overseas each year to pay for surrogate mothers in countries such as India, the United States and Thailand.

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I had a slight moment of doubt about this Ozzie case, after the then still anonymous Ozzie "parents" denied the boy was theirs, and said they just had a daughter with a Thai woman; but their story made no sense -- for one thing, where did the baby boy come from? Anyway, my instinctive sense that the Ozzies must be lying has been confirmed. Not only did they indeed not want the "defective" boy-twin (Gammy), but the "daddy" is a convicted child-molester (of 5-to-9-year-old girls!). He should be transported to Liberia!

Surrogacy case: the history of sex offences of the Australian accused of leaving surrogate baby in Thailand

Exclusive: Court documents reveal David Farnell, Australian father alleged to have abandoned child with Down's Syndrome, has a string of previous convictions for sexual offences against girls as young as five

By [KIKE] Jonathan Pearlman, Bunbury

Telegraph [UK], 06 Aug 2014

The Australian man accused of abandoning his surrogate baby in Thailand has a history of child sex offences against three girls aged five to ten, with one judge saying he had "robbed these girls of their childhood".

Court documents released by the Supreme Court of Western Australia reveal that David Farnell, the father of Gammy, assaulted two girls aged seven to ten in 1982 and 1983 at his home and during "secretive meetings" in his garden shed.

He then committed further offences against a five-year-old girl from 1988 to 1992. The identities of the three girls were not released but he appeared to know each of them.

In the case of the two girls, Justice Michael O'Sullivan in the district court told him: "Your conduct involved not only a violation of the innocence of young girls, it involved a breach of trust and confidence."

Farnell and his wife Wendy are at the centre of an international surrogacy controversy after they paid for a surrogate mother in Thailand and returned to Australia with a healthy baby girl but did not take her twin brother Gammy, who has Down's syndrome. They have not appeared in public since the case emerged but said via a family friend this week that they had been told Gammy only had a day to live.

Farnell's convictions have prompted child protection authorities to order a review this week of the couple's suitability as parents. The department has twice visited the couple's home, which appeared empty.

Pattharamon Janbua, the 21-year-old surrogate mother, had said she would consider having the baby girl returned to be with Gammy if rumours about Farnell's convictions turned out to be true.

The court documents show that Farnell, an electrician now in his mid-50s, pleaded guilty to the first set of offences against the two girls and was sent to jail for three years in 1997. He denied the later offences but was found guilty by a jury in 1998 and sent to jail for a further 18 months.

The first crimes occurred when he was in his mid-20s but only came to light more than a decade later when the girls came forward as adults. Farnell was then married with three children and had no prior convictions, but he apparently became estranged from his family after the cases emerged.

Justice O'Sullivan told him during sentencing: "You have a stable family life which is an irony, really, given that you appear to have robbed the complainants of an opportunity to have such a life."

The offences against the third girl began when she was aged five at a pool - apparently at his parent's house - in 1988. Other incidents occurred until she was about nine. He claimed that the only time he touched the girl and her friend was "when he had to drag them slightly and then kick them out of the house because they were being a nuisance".

A jury in that case found Mr Farnell guilty on four charges but not guilty on one.

Justice Ivan Gunning in the district court said Mr Farnell had shown no remorse and had accused the girl of lying.

"She is very immature and this has affected her badly," he said.

"You have undergone some counselling; perhaps it may have had some effect but I'm a bit cynical with respect to that. That is reinforced by your refusal to accept any guilt and of course there is no remorse."

The Telegraph is not allowing comments. Perhaps out of solidarity between British media pedophiles with Ozzie pedos.

Australian couple say they would have preferred to abort Baby Gammy

David and Wendy Farnell say in first interview that "no parent wants a son with a disability"

By Jonathan Pearlman in Melbourne, 10 Aug 2014

The Australian couple accused of abandoning their surrogate baby in Thailand have admitted they would have preferred to abort the boy, who has Down's syndrome, because "no parent wants a son with a disability".

In their first public comments since it emerged that they had left the boy called Gammy and returned to Australia with his healthy twin sister, David and Wendy Farnell said that they had learnt of his condition too late to terminate and now wanted him back.

"If it would have been safe for the embryo to have been terminated, we probably would have terminated it," Mr Farnell said.

However, holding back tears, Mr Farnell denied in an interview on Australian television that the couple had abandoned the baby: "I don't think any parent wants a son with a disability. [But] no, we never abandoned him. No, we never said to the surrogate mother to have an abortion.

"We didn't give up on him. The surrogate mother wanted to take our girl. And we were scared we were going to lose her. So we had to try and get out of there as fast as we could."
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The separation of six-month-old Gammy from his twin sister, called Pipah, has made headlines around the world and fuelled concerns about the oversight of international commercial surrogacy.

The case took an additional twist when it emerged that Mr Farnell, 56, an electrician, had a history of child sex offences.

Asked whether he was fit to be a father, Mr Farnell, said he "hangs my head in shame" over his crimes but no longer had sexual urges towards children.

"I am not going to harm my little girl," he said. "She [Pipah] will be 100 per cent safe because I know I will do everything in the world to protect my little girl. I have no inclinations … They have 100 per cent stopped. I don't have this urge to do anything anymore."

Mr Farnell was jailed in 1997 for sex offences involving three girls aged five, seven and 10 from the early 1980s to 1993.

He has three children from a previous marriage and is now married to a Chinese woman, Wendy Li, whom he met through an online dating service in 2004. She said she had always known about her husband's offences but stood by him and did not believe he would ever harm their daughter. "He is a good husband a good father, a very, very good son," she said.

The hour-long interview yesterday appeared only to add to tensions between the couple and Pattharamon Janbua, the 21-year-old surrogate mother, who claims they abandoned Gammy and refused to touch or look at him in hospital.

After learning last night that Mr and Mrs Farnell wanted to seek custody of Gammy, Ms Pattharamon, a mother of two, claimed that the egg used in the fertilisation process was not supplied by Mrs Farnell but belonged to another Thai woman hired by the surrogacy agency.

"They are not really related with the baby … I am not really sure they will give real love to Gammy's sister," she told Fairfax Media.

Mr and Mrs Farnell have gone into hiding in their home town of Bunbury in Western Australia since it emerged that they left Gammy in Thailand. They eventually agreed to an interview with Nine Network's Sixty Minutes, which says it has not paid them but will make a donation to a fund to help to care for the boy.

Mr Farnell said the couple fled Thailand with their daughter because they were worried that Ms Pattharamon was planning to keep her.

"We miss our little boy," he said. "She [Ms Pattharamon] said that if we try to take our little boy, she's going to get the police and she's going to come and take our little girl . . . and she's going to keep both of the babies."

Mr Farnell said he sometimes returned home from work to find that his wife had dressed their daughter in blue because she wanted to remember Gammy.

Mrs Farnell said: "We miss him every day. We just want to get our son but we don't know who can help us."

Child protection authorities in Australia revealed last week they are reviewing the suitability of the couple to be parents and will consider removing the daughter. Asked about that possibility, Mr Farnell began to cry, spluttering "I hope to God she won't be" before becoming incoherent.

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