In the Matter of Baby M
Significance, The Trial Begins, "by These Standards, We Are All Unfit Mothers", New Jersey Supreme Court's Opinion
Mary Beth Whitehead
William and Elizabeth Stern
That the surrogacy contract was invalid and conflicted with parental rights and adoption statutes.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Harold Cassidy, Randy Wolf
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
Justices for the Court
Robert Clifford, Marie L. Garibaldi, Alan B. Handler, Daniel O'Horn, Stewart G. Pollock, Gary S. Stein, Robert N. Wilentz (writing for the court)
Trenton, New Jersey
Date of Decision
3 February 1988
The New Jersey Supreme Court invalidated the surrogacy contract, finding it contrary to New Jersey law. It restored Whitehead's parental rights and invalidated Elizabeth Stern's adoption, but granted William Stern custody of the infant.
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