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Complainant Name:
Susana Skinner

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Grazia


Susana Skinner complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine had published her account of assisted conception but presented it under the headline "I bought my eggs in a Spanish baby factory" and included the sentence "we bought the egg that created Raphael from a baby factory in Spain, so the chance of Raphael looking like me was even smaller than my one per cent chance of conceiving". She objected to the magazine's presentation of the phrase "Spanish baby factory" as a direct quote as she had never used that particular term and such an expression suggested, wrongly, that she was being critical, both of those choosing the treatment and the highly respectable clinic that had helped her conceive.


The magazine argued that it had read the article, which included the offending words, back to the complainant prior to publication. The complaint was eventually resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology:

Our article "I bought my eggs from a Spanish baby factory" (25 October) may have been taken to mean that the subject of the article, Susana Skinner, used the phrase "baby factory" when referring to a fertility clinic she used in Spain. Although we used the words in good faith, we are happy to make clear that Ms Skinner did not use those exact words herself to describe the clinic. We apologise to Ms Skinner for any upset caused.

Date Published: 07/04/2011

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