Archives for October 2012

Congratulations on Your Pregnancy

So here’s a blast from the past. I was going through some cards that I sent earlier this year, and I came across the card I sent to Cindy congratulating her on her pregnancy. Pay particular attention to the note I included. She had given me her HCG levels and I remember thinking that they were high, hence the observation about twins. Who called it?!

Of course, I could have never called what happened after she gave birth. Marvin McMurrey is still petitioning the court for  “a Declaratory Judgement, establishing Petitioner, Marvin McMurrey III, as the children’s legal father and declaring that no parent-child relationships or standing to pursue any rights to the children exist between Respondent, Cindy Close, and the children…” (Emphasis and bold added.)

The next court date is November 5, 2012 at 1:30. I hope you’ll be there to show support for Cindy.

October 16th Hearing Canceled

I don’t have a lot of details, but the October 16th hearing has been canceled. I’ve heard various reasons, but it seems that the judge is out of town that day.

The November 5th hearing is still on, though, as is the March for Cindy just prior to the 1:30 hearing.

Hope to see you there!


It’s Your Friends That Get You Through

Wristband from a visitor of Cindy Close's present at the birth of her twins

There’s not been a lot to report for the past couple of days, and while I know we’re all grateful for some peace, I for one, am frustrated at glacially slow pace of justice.

Part of that may be that while cleaning yesterday, I found the hospital bracelet from the night the twins were born. It was, of course, a kick in the gut. And that got me to thinking, if it’s that bad for me, imagine how bad it must be for Cindy going home to an empty apartment that’s dominated by empty cribs and unused baby supplies.

Fortunately, she has an active network of friends, like Debbie, who had her over for dinner last Sunday night and sent her home with lots of homemade meals. (Thanks Debbie!) Of course, there’s Dara and Kim, April, Tanya, Belinda, Marilyn, new friend Toni, and everyone that has called, emailed, and texted her with messages of support.  What’s really incredible to us all, though, is the astonishing amount of support she’s getting here from the Facebook page, Give Cindy Back Her Babies, and the Change. org petition. As of this writing, the Facebook page has 2,182 likes and the petition has 1,133 signatures! I’ve watched her read the messages, and she’s truly moved by them.

She has said on more than one occassion that it is her friends who have lifted her spirits and given her the strength to soldier on for another day. And I have said on more than one occassion that she must be a pretty special person to inspire such friendship from so many. So thanks to all of you for your friendship, your activism, and your support. It means everything.


While Court Case Drags On, Cindy’s Babies Without Her Milk

Cindy Close has had to put her breastmilk in storage

Marvin McMurrey filed suit against Cindy Close, alleging her a surrogate. He and his partner care for the children, but Cindy has shared that his partner refuses her breast milk for the babies. Pictured here are some of the milk supply that Cindy has in storage awaiting her children’s return.

Everyone, Cindy could use some advice. As many of you know, Cindy has testified that Phong has refused to give the babies her breast milk and has refused it repeatedly. She has shared that she is continuing to pump her breast milk because she believes it is what is best for them – and also because that’s what the judge ordered – but with Phong refusing to give it to them, it’s in storage for now.

So here’s the question. What’s the best, most affordable way to freeze her milk? Currently she is using the storage containers the hospital provided her, but she ran out last night.

She is using the Avent feeding system, but those plastic containers seem really expensive, especially in light of the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight and there could be quite a bit of milk stored up before she gets her babies back.

Want To Understand What’s Happening? Read This Article.

Pete Shanks of Biopolitical Times, published a blog post entitled, “Is This Informal Surrogacy or Exploitation?”

The article does an excellent job of summarizing all the pertinent facts of Cindy’s case. Definitely recommended reading if you want to come up to speed on what this case is all about.

“A bizarre tragedy is playing out in Houston. Some commentators are calling it “a landmark case in motherhood” but it seems more like either a horrible misunderstanding or an appalling case of exploitation.”

Visit to read the entire article.

Supporter Posts Powerful Video

Cindy Close supporter Toni King of Mother’s Moments has created a powerful, “tissue required” video and was kind enough to share it with us. Please feel free to share it with as many people as you like.

Next Court Date Scheduled for October 16th

Screen capture of court dates for Cindy Close

The Harris County District Clerk’s website is reporting that there’s a new court date for Cindy. Apparently Ellen A. Yarrell (Marvin McMurrey’s attorney) is seeking a temporary injunction of some sort.

This matter is scheduled to be heard at 09:30 on October 16, 2012 in the 247th District Court.

On a related note, did you know that most court filings are a matter of public record and are open for your review on the Harris County District Clerk’s website. This link takes you to the Civil/Family tab of the site search, but you can also search other courts by choosing the appropriate tag.


Bioethics Site Writes Up Cindy’s Case for Article

If you’re considering surrogacy, you may want to read Michael Cook’s article on BioEdge first. He goes on to list three cases of “Separating motherhood from gestation”,  including “Your Boyfriend’s Gay”, and goes on to explain how Marvin McMurrey III revealed he was gay and sued Cindy Close for custody.

Other things that could go wrong are “Your Indian surrogate never signs the release papers” and “YOUR clients don’t want the babies.” Real-life examples are given that are frankly, disheartening. However, it’s a very good article and thought-provoking. You can find it on our Press page, or here. Features Cindy’s Story, Legal Expert Raises Frightening Thought

Michelle Bowman, a freelance writer for, wrote a great article on Cindy’s case today, with quotes from Professor James Paulsen of South Texas College of Law here in Houston. Professor Paulsen raises an alarming possibility, though – if Marvin and Phong can manage to drag the court proceedings out for more than six months, Phong may be able to ask that custody be awarded to him.

“If Mr. McMurrey’s partner can hold on to the children for six months while things are tied up in court, under Texas law he can ask for custody on his own, even though he has no biological ties to the children,” Paulsen says. “By then, the children may have bonded with him more than with their birth mother.”

You can read the full article here.

Again, you can help by going to our How You Can  Help page and following the three easy steps.

Cindy’s struggle featured on KHOU, Dr. Drew

Cindy was interviewed yesterday by Andrew Horansky of KHOU about her ongoing struggle to have her children returned to her. That segment aired on the 5 o’clock broadcast here in Houston, and we have reports that it’s being seen in Austin, TX, as well as in Arkansas.

In addition, Cindy did a Skype interview last night with Dr. Drew and esteemed attorney Lisa Bloom on Dr. Drew’s call-in show on the HLN network. The interview almost didn’t take place since they had mistakenly referred to her as a surrogate on their website, but they quickly fixed the offending error with minutes to spare. Unfortunately, she is referred to as a surrogate in two other places on the website. We have an email in to them requesting that they get that fixed immediately. However, the stories make it clear that she’s not a surrogate. Some web editor somewhere just needs to get with the program (literally.)

Cindy did a  great job, as usual, explaining the unusual circumstances of her case. She even held her own against Lisa Bloom and corrected her on how Texas determines maternity as she’s pretty familiar with that particular set of laws. Lisa accepted the correction gracefully, to her credit.

We’re grateful to the media for helping Cindy get the word out about what is taking place here in Houston. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.

Check out the videos after the break.

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