Is A Sperm Donor A Biomatter Donor Or A Father?
Via @WalterOlson, the state of Kansas wants a sperm donor found on Craigslist to pay for the daughter born to lesbian couple -- despite his agreement with the couple that he would have no rights or responsibilities. Tim Hrenchir writes at CJOnline:
Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor -- but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father.
Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist.
Marotta and the women, Topekans Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the child, a daughter Schreiner bore after being artificially inseminated.
But the Kansas Department for Children and Families is now trying to have Marotta declared the 3-year-old girl's father and forced to pay child support. The case is scheduled for a Jan. 8 hearing in Shawnee County District Court.
...Marotta, Bauer and Schreiner each signed an agreement saying he would be paid $50 per semen donation, with the arrangement including a clear understanding that he would have no parental rights whatsoever with the child or children.
The agreement also called for Bauer and Schreiner to hold Marotta harmless "for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private, including any district attorney's office or other state or county agency, regardless of the circumstances or said demand."
Schroller said that after consulting with his wife, Marotta decided to donate free of charge rather than taking the $50.
...On Oct. 3, attorney Mark McMillan filed a petition on behalf of the Department of Children and Families seeking a ruling that Marotta is the father of Schreiner's child and owes a duty to support her. It said the department provided cash assistance totaling $189 for the girl for July through September 2012 and had paid medical expenses totaling $5,884.96.
Schroller, an attorney with Topeka-based Swinnen & Associates, said the state became involved after the mother fell on hard times and applied for financial assistance through the state.
She said of Schreiner: "My understanding is that after being pressed on paternity of the child, she gave them William's name as a sperm donor. The state then filed this suit to determine paternity."
This is horrible, abusive, and awful and an offshoot of the paternity fraud used by states to collect at all cost for payments for children -- and never mind whether they're collecting from the men who actually fathered them.
If men don't respond within a certain period of time -- perhaps because they're away at war and not getting their mail, or for any other reason -- they are declared the father, and petty inconveniences, like how a kid's DNA doesn't match theirs are considered immaterial.