Should Sperm Donors Be Held Financially Responsible?

Three years after a Kansas man donated his sperm, the state wants him to pay child support.

A mechanic who answered a Craigslist ad to donate his sperm to a lesbian couple is now being pursued by the State of Kansas for child support, reports the Kansas City Star.

In 2009, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner entered into an agreement with the donor, William Marotta to provide his sperm. They signed a contract that outlined he would be free from any financial responsibility as well as parental privileges, according to the newspaper. The legal contract stated Marotta was not responsible “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.”

Although the women offered $50 per donation, Marotta and his wife met with the women and agreed to the contract without accepting the money, reports ABC news

Now three years later, the mother fell into financial hardship and was told by the Kansas Department of Children and Families that the name of the father was required in order to obtain assistance, ABC reports.

The State of Kansas argues their contract is not valid because the artificial insemination was not performed by a licensed physician; Marotta is therefore responsible for child support

Marotta's lawyer argues that if the law only protects donors inseminated by a licensed physican, any woman could have a donation shipped and inseminate herself in order to pursue the donor for money.

What do you think?  Should any sperm donor be held responsible for child support?

Doug Melanson January 09, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Nope, Not unless they donate it the old fashioned way lol!
RedheadedMaria1968youbet January 12, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Absolutely agree with this. If I had a one night stand with some dude and ended up prego I would have the ability to sue that dude and get child support and I see absolutely no difference here except for the one night stand part of course but hey what's a girl to do. You have a few drinks, you're single and one thing leads to another and 3 years later you're trying to figure out how to recoup preschool costs let alone pay for private school and you are telling me I can't get some help from said dude? And don't get me started on clothes. They grow up so quick don't they? Who will pay for those huh? Tell me! Who will pay for those? I would want the dude, we can call him, oh say, Sam, to at the very least, THE VERY LEAST, to pay for a birthday party or two. I mean c'mon Sam!


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