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04/19/2007


Kansas Presses Sperm Donor to Pay Child Support to Lesbian Couple

William Marotta, a Kansas sperm donor who answered an online ad placed by a lesbian couple three years ago, is now being pressed by the state to provide child support. The state says that despite the fact an agreement was signed waiving his rights, the man is responsible based on the fact that a doctor was not used for the insemination.

SpermThe AP reports:

Marotta, a 46-year-old Topeka resident, answered an online ad in 2009 from a local couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, who said they were seeking a sperm donor. After exchanging emails and meeting, the three signed an agreement relieving Marotta of any financial or paternal responsibility.

But instead of working with a doctor, Marotta agreed to drop off a container with his sperm at the couple's home and the women successfully handled the artificial insemination themselves. Schreiner become pregnant with a girl.

Late last year, after she and Bauer broke up, Schreiner received public assistance from the state to help care for the girl.

The state says Marotta is responsible for $6,000 that the child's biological mother received through public assistance and future child support.


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