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Being a mother comes first for me. Before my husband, before this surrogacy crusade, before myself. I don’t see myself as particularly strong.

Mary Beth Whitehead

He considers me just a uterus with legs.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I don’t particularly like being pregnant. I like the baby at the end. Pregnancy is a very distant thing for me. I can’t seem to believe there’s really a baby there. It’s such a miracle.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I gave her life, I can take life away.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I have great sympathy for people that are infertile, but a life is not something you can give away.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I try not to pass judgment on anyone, and I wish they wouldn’t pass it on me.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes. I’d do a lot of things different if I could. I’d never, ever, get involved with surrogacy again. It’s so weird.

Mary Beth Whitehead

I’m this high school dropout. I quit in my sophomore year, when I was 15. I worked for a while in a deli, and when I was almost 17, I got married.

Mary Beth Whitehead

Nature’s laws have to supersede man’s law.

Mary Beth Whitehead

Out of the ashes of Sara Whitehead rose Melissa Stern. Out of the ashes of Mary Beth Whitehead, there were pieces lost.

Mary Beth Whitehead

People come out of prison and aren’t treated like I’ve been treated. I didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t violate anybody’s rights. My rights were violated. Nobody likes to be hated, but the whole world hated Mary Beth Whitehead.

Mary Beth Whitehead

People wanted me to be like the Madonna, the white nun, you know, and that’s not me. But I’m no villain.

Mary Beth Whitehead

Women just weren’t made to bear children to give them away.

Mary Beth Whitehead

You cannot contract to sell a baby. If they legalize this contract they may soon start bringing poor women in from other countries just to be breeders.

Mary Beth Whitehead

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