Couple Suing IVF Clinic Because They Got Twins!

A LESBIAN couple is suing a Canberra doctor after one of them gave birth to twins instead of one child.

In the first case of its kind in Australia, the couple, who now live in Melbourne, are suing Dr Robert Armellin for more than $400,000 to cover the cost of raising one of the twin girls until the age of 21.
The birth mother of the girls, who are now aged three, claims Dr Armellin implanted her with two embryos, when she told him minutes before the IVF procedure in November 2003 that she only wanted one.

The women, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the ACT Supreme Court today the mother suffered nausea during her pregnancy and in the latter stages could only move around with a walking stick.

She said she and her partner briefly considered adopting out one of the girls but dismissed the idea.

“You thought: `Which one am I not meant to have’?” Dr Armellin’s barrister Kim Burke asked.
“Yes, I did,” the woman replied.

She said adopting out one child would be unfair to both girls.

“The primary consideration was that adoption shifted the burden of responsibility for this situation onto the children,” she said.

“The burden is not the children’s to bear. The burden is ours alone.”

The woman said she enjoyed some aspects of the pregnancy, such as decorating the girls’ nursery, but other parts were distressing, including purchasing a pram.

“It was like the last frontier of acceptance to spend hundreds of dollars on a pram,” she said.

The couple, whose combine income exceeds $100,000, are seeking $398,000 to cover the costs of raising one of the girls, including private school fees.

They also want around $15,000 to compensate them for time off work, plus an additional amount for medical expenses.

The case is the first of its kind in Australia, Ms Burke said.

There have been two other similar cases in the United Kingdom, where the names of the plaintiffs have also been suppressed.

The civil hearing before Justice Annabel Bennett continues.


I just feel so sorry for these two toddlers. They are going to grow up knowing that only ONE of them was wanted.

Its funny how different we see the things we are handed in life. These women see ‘buying a twin pram stressful’, where I would find that a blessing and a wonderful surprise.

Now having your baby die, that’s stressful!


5 Responses

  1. Yeah, this really upset me when I saw it, especially since I have been having thoughts like, “If I had twins, then it would make up for the two I lost…” (typical post-D&C hormonal crash irrational thoughts, I know). I would LOVE to have two. I do hope the mothers come to realize how blessed they really are, and, like you bring up, DO NOT let their twins grow up knowing they were not wanted (or only halfed wanted or whatever).

  2. That’s Sad! Why can’t they just See how blessed they are to even Have a Baby instead of Bitching about having 2?!! Just proves to me yet again how Unfair life is sometimes!

  3. Yeah, this is truly horrible. These women have no idea of what stress is. Your last line pretty much sums it up.

  4. Wouldn’t you love to swap hearts for just one day so they realise how damn lucky they truly are. Selfish people live in our world. I hope they lose their case as long as the girls don’t suffer from it.

  5. I think I said it all on my blog so I wont repeat my language lol.

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