He donated sperm, and now faces child support demand

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 10:10 hrs

Washington, Jan 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A man in the US state of Kansas who donated his sperm to help a lesbian couple have a baby in 2009 is now fighting against authorities who expect him to pay for the child support.

The 46-year-old said the move has already prompted some men not to become sperm donors.

"I don't even have to guess at that... people have already said 'No'," said William Marotta in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal.

"I can't even believe it's gone this far at this point, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it," he added.

Marotta said he answered an ad on Craigslist seeking a sperm donor.

He and the two women, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, met and signed an agreement in which he relinquished all parental rights and responsibilities regarding the child, a little girl who is now three years old.

But after the women split up, Schreiner tried to obtain health insurance for their daughter through the state, and says she was ordered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) to provide the donor's name or be denied health insurance benefits.

The state says the agreement is legally void because Schreiner didn't have a licensed physician perform the procedure that allowed her to become pregnant.

"If a sperm donor makes his contribution through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state statue," DCF spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said.

A hearing in the case is set for next week.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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