It looks like Sherri Shepherd is going to have to continue to pay child support to the toddler being raised by her ex husband, according to a report from PEOPLE.
The former View host also lost her bid to have her name removed from the birth certificate of the baby, who she had via surrogate with Lamar Sally. Shepherd and Sally used a donor egg for the pregnancy before splitting a few months later, in May 2014.
In April, a lower court ruled that she was indeed the mother of the baby, named LJ. Since then, she has been paying $4,100 a month for the child, an amount that will increase to $4,600 when he turns 13.
This week’s ruling upholds the lower court’s decision that Shepherd is indeed the legal mother of the child. Shepherd, who has adamantly maintained that she did not want the child (in spite of going through with the process), said she was afraid if she did not agree to it she would lose her husband.
Shepherd’s name was not originally on the birth certificate because she was not present at the birth and refused to acknowledge that she was the mother. But she was forced to begin paying child support when the courts stepped in.
On Monday, the agency that handled the surrogacy called the ruling a victory for “all families formed through assisted reproductive arrangements.”
In a statement to PEOPLE, Lamar Sally said:
“I’m glad it’s finally over. I’m glad the judges saw through all the lies that she put out there, and the negative media attention. If she won’t be there for L.J. emotionally, I’ll be parent enough for the both of us.”
Sherri, girl, take care of that baby. You certainly make enough money and no one told you to bring a child into the world, least of all the baby who will have to walk through life with the burden that his mother did not want him.
Lamar doesn’t exactly seem like a picnic, but, um, there are no “take-backsies” when it comes to babies. Furthermore, the move to just abandon the agreement to bring a child into the world via surrogate would place all families in similar instances at risk. Who would be there to say that the surrogate couldn’t decide that they wanted the child? Or that the surrogate would be left abandoned if parents decided that they just didn’t want the baby any longer?
A child is no piece of trash and you can’t throw it away when you change your mind. It’s a life that never asked to be brought into the world, especially not as a tool to save your marriage. Whether Lamar is a good person or not is irrelevant. What matters is that you signed a document stating you wanted a child. So now you must take care of it.
It’s hard to Sherri in the same light after this, but I’m glad to see justice served in this case.
I don’t know beauties – what do you think? Am I being too hard on Sherri or is this just crazy talk? Let me know your thoughts!