Michigan Couple Is Fighting To Adopt Their Own Twins

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Due to strange laws, one couple from Michigan is having to fight for the right to call their biological children theirs…

Parents Tammy and Jordan Myers couldn’t wait for the birth of their twins, Eames and Ellison in January…

But their birth was somewhat bittersweet after finding out they weren’t legally the parents due to surrogacy laws in Michigan.

“I remember holding Eames and just sobbing,” said Jordan Myers as per People. “I know that I’m his father even though the state of Michigan doesn’t see it that way.”

Even though they are biologically the Myers children, the Surrogacy Act of 1988, prohibits surrogacy, meaning they aren’t classed as their parents.

The Myers have brought the issue to court, but already, 2 Kent County judges have denied their right to legally be their parents…

Jordan said: “The whole point of family law is to keep families together. We are a family. They are our biological children. There’s no denying that. Yet they’re trying to tear us apart.”

Due to their undesired outcome, the couple had to go through the process of adopting their own babies…

“It’s really hard for us to comprehend, I really didn’t think it would get to this point,” Tammy said.

“It’s been really difficult to try and wrap our heads around this – how this could even happen,” Jordan added.

The Myers came to the decidion to use a gestational carrier after Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years prior…

After grueling rounds of chemotherapy and eventually surgery, she was finally told her cancer had gone into remission, but sadly she wouldn’t be able to carry children.

After coming to terms with the news, the couple decided to explore other avenues, and found Lauren Vermilye in 2019 on Facebook, who would later be their surrogate…

“Honestly we’re in awe of anyone who would bless our family with a gift like this,” Tammy said.

After sharing some messages back and forth, the trio decided Lauren would be a perfect match to carry their baby…

Lauren agreed to carry Tammy’s frozen eggs which were then artificially inseminated with Jordan’s sperm. And she agreed to do it all for free!

“It was a conversation my husband and I had that we would be willing to help somebody out. if they needed somebody to carry a child,” Lauren said.

However, because she technically gave birth to the twins, she’s classed as their mother, despite not being biologically similar in any way.

“It feels like we’re back in the 1950s when this was not possible at all. It’s 2021 and the laws have not kept up with science, at least not in Michigan,” said Vermilye.

The Myers knew that having a surrogate would be a difficult process but never imagined they would be in this predicament…

“We both believed it would be more of a formality, we looked at it as an extra expense, not as a legal battle, ” Tammy said.

Tammy shared that they would hopefully “have everything finalized by their first birthday” and finally be the twins’ adoptive parents.

“We are fighting to keep our family together here,” she added.

Tammy, Jordan and Lauren decided to speak out about their struggles and everything they’ve had to go through as a way of bringing attention to the outdated law and help those going through the same thing…

“This out-of-date law is tearing families apart taking joy end excitement at a time we should be celebrating,” Tammy said. 

Thankfully, the Myers are now the legal guardians of the twins!