It all started with an ad on Craig’s List. William Marotta of Topeka, Kansas noticed the ad back in 2009 placed by a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donation. The ad piqued his interest and he responded and agreed to donate sperm. Marotta is married and had his wife’s blessing in making this donation to help this couple out. His sperm was donated at no charge to the lesbian couple.
Marotta thought that was the end of his participation in the matter. The 46-year-old signed paperwork relinquishing all parental rights including financial responsibility.
The lesbian couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, separated in 2010 and later Bauer was unable to work due to illness. She subsequently applied for state assistance with the state of Kansas and officials there demanded the donor’s name be revealed or said they would deny health benefits to the child. They wanted to collect child support for the 3-year-old girl.
The state of Kansas contends that the agreement signed between the couple and Marotta is not valid because a Kansas physician did not perform the artificial insemination. Marotta said he was unaware that a physician was not involved.
“If a sperm donor makes his contribution through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state statue. In cases where the parties do not go through a physician or a clinic, there remains the question of who actually is the father of a child or children,” Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said in a statement.”
Marotta is fighting the state’s request and a hearing that was is scheduled for January 8th has now been delayed until April. He has stated that he will not assume any type of parental role if he loses.
Although separated, Bauer and Schreiner are still very active co-parents. In addition to the 3-year-old girl, Fox News reports that they have seven other children ranging in age from 3 months to 25 years.
The Topeka Capital-Journal is also reporting that the women “clearly deceived” the state when Schreiner indicated that she did not know who the donor was on her application for child support. She wrote on a sworn statement: “My ex-partner and I wanted to have a baby. We were a gay couple so we had a sperm donor. We looked through donor profiles and chose one that we liked that had my partner’s same (characteristics). She added, “We do not have any information on (the child’s) sperm donor besides basic health history.”
They also question Moratta’s statement that he didn’t know a doctor was not involved because he delivered his sperm to the couple’s house on three separate occasions.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this sperm donor should be held accountable for support for this child?