Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… a 68-year-old Spanish actress has caused a ton of controversy after using her late son’s sperm and a surrogate to give birth to her granddaughter. Huh. HUH. Last week, actress and presenter Ana Obregón was papped outside a Miami hospital holding a newborn baby she named Ana Sandra Lequio Obregón. People assumed Baby Anna was Anna Sr.’s daughter and many tsk-tsk-ed her apparent use of a surrogate at her age. Surrogacy is actually banned in Spain, where many politicians and media types refer to it as “womb renting.” But today, ¡Hola! magazine released an interview with Ana, where she revealed that Baby Ana is actually the daughter of an egg donor and her only son, Aless Lequio García, who passed away from cancer in 2020. If there was ever a time to use the “Escándalo” tag…
Ana tells ¡Hola!, via the Associated Press, that before her son started chemo, doctors encouraged him to preserve samples of his sperm, just in case the drugs affected his fertility. He did, and the samples were stored in New York. Ana claims that, a week before he died, 30-year-old Aless told his parents that he wanted a baby to carry on his legacy. So, Ana got to work making her son’s dying wish come true. On March 20, the baby was born in Miami via surrogate. Here’s exactly what Ana said via Google Translate (so take it with a grain of salt):
That day we were in the hospital; Aless was already very bad and he told us that if something happened to him, he wanted us to know that he wanted to leave descendants in this life, although he was no longer there. Since that moment, the only thing that has allowed me to continue living every day, every second, is to fulfill the mission of bringing Aless’ daughter into the world.
Ana says the debate over using surrogates is “absurd” since it’s legal in lots of different countries. She claims that no one in America has an issue with her choice, and all the doctors and nurses have congratulated her. “But in Spain, my goodness, we are in the last century.” Ana is still in Miami with her granddaughter, but she doesn’t think she’ll have any issues bringing her grandchild-daughter back to Spain. Baby Ana is legally her daughter, and she has dual American and Spanish citizenship.
Ana says the process was difficult, but she never had any doubts. She explains that she swore she would save Aless from cancer, but she failed. So how could she ignore her son’s dying wishes? Ana says anyone who judges her choice is cruel, or they don’t get it cuz they haven’t buried a child. She also claims that Aless said he wanted five children, so she may repeat this process in the future.
Ana re-posted the ¡Hola! cover to Instagram. The comments are all over the place. Some applaud her for her decision; others call it unnatural and selfish:
This story reminds me of Barbra Streisand cloning her beloved dead pooch, Sammie Streisand. Listen, if I were as rich as Babs or Ana, using science to play God would be a helluva lot more appealing than facing the hopelessness of grief. Buena suerte, baby Ana!