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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:18 AM

Child support claim rankles sperm donor to lesbian couple

http://news.yahoo.com/child-support-claim-rankles-sperm-donor-lesbian-couple-014725388.html

(yes original headline)

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple so they could have a child said on Wednesday he is shocked the state is now trying to make him pay child support.

William Marotta, 46, donated sperm to Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer under a written agreement that he would not be considered the father of the child nor liable for child support. A daughter, now 3, was born to Schreiner.

But in October, the state of Kansas filed a petition seeking to have Marotta declared the father of the child and financially responsible for her after the couple encountered money difficulties.

Marotta will ask the court in a hearing January 8 to dismiss the claim, which centers on a state law that the sperm must be donated through a licensed physician in order for the father to be free of any later financial obligations. Marotta gave a container of semen to the couple, who found him on Craigslist, instead of donating through a doctor or clinic.

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HockeyMom Jan 2013 #4
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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:22 AM

1. I'm confused

Who is suing him?? The State or the Women who have the child?? Because this reeks of Nanny State if it is the State that is suing him.

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Response to RockaFowler (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:25 AM

2. It's the state

 

Many states have laws that allow them to go after fathers without the consent of the mother.

Makes me glad I never donated.

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Response to RockaFowler (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:27 AM

3. The state

The women are on his side (based on what I read from a different article).

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:27 AM

4. "Craigslist"

Problem right there. If the couple had gone through a doctor or clinic, the sperm donor would have been ANONYMOUS, and the state of Kansas would not have been able to sue the donor father. I understand that the problem for the women with that might be that doctors and clinics did not want to inseminate a lesbian couple.

Would Kansas have done the same to a STRAIGHT couple using a sperm donor who broke up? Somehow I doubt it. Sounds to me that the state is trying to send a "morality message" here.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:01 AM

5. It also costs a bunch of money

to have a doctor do the insemination. That may very well be another factor in their decision to do it the way they did, along with the possibility of discrimination against lesbian couples.

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