Tony Barlow and Barrie Drewitt, the UK's first gay surrogate fathers, confirmed last week they are expecting more babies. 'We are pregnant with more than one child, but I cannot say more than that at the moment' said Mr Drewitt. The babies will be the biological brothers or sisters of Aspen and Saffron, their seven-month old twins.
The current pregnancy was achieved using some of the 24 embryos remaining from the previous attempt, which were produced using sperm from both men and eggs from donor Tracie McCune. Four embryos were then transferred into the womb of a surrogate mother, Mr Drewitt told the Daily Mail.
The news has prompted criticism from family pressure groups. 'These men are buying babies like commodities' said Valerie Riches of Family and Youth Concern. 'It's against the natural order of things' she added. Josephine Quintavalle, of the organisation Comment on Reproductive Ethics, also expressed her concern: 'we firmly maintain that children deserve wherever possible a natural father and a natural mother' she said.
Mr Barlow and Mr Drewitt are planning to emigrate to America to escape public hostility, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Mr Drewitt said they had been deeply upset by the amount of criticism levelled at them in the UK. 'It is very disturbing when little old ladies attack us verbally in the supermarkets' he said.