It was the kind of news story that made you say, "huh?" A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is now being slapped with a request for child support from the state.
William Marotta of Topeka answered a Craigslist ad and donated sperm to a lesbian couple back in 2009. Fast forward, the couple is no longer together, times have been tough, they filed for state assistance, and the state ends up hitting up Marotta for money. We went to one of the top sperm banks, Fairfax Cryobank, for answers, and asked Dr. Michelle Ottey what the biggest misconception is about this new story?
Dr. Ottey replied, "That it was a donor that came from a sperm bank. The story in Kansas was a known donor, he was known to the recipients and that's a completely different situation than if you were to chose a donor from a sperm bank.
Marotta didn't make his donation through what you might traditionally think of when you think of a sperm bank. After answering a Craiglist ad in 2009, he dropped his sperm off at the door of couple Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner. No doctor was present.
Bauer told a news reporter, "It was a process that occurred, you know , it wasn't like meeting someone and exchanging a few emails and he showing up at my house with a specimen."
Marotta said, "I signed a document between Angie and Jen and for all intents and purposes in a contract that says I give up all parental rights."
But Kansas law says differently. Dr. Ottey says because no doctor was present, Marotta can be considered liable, "Many states automatically say if an insemination doesn't take place either in a physician's office or under a physician's guidance, that donor will automatically be considered as a parental figure. When you deal with the sperm bank, you don't have to deal with any of that because the donor's agreements are with us and they relinquish their parental rights."
Dr. Ottey claims it's easier to get into an ivy league school than it is to get into Fairfax Cryobank's donor program.
We talked to one donor who asked us to not share his identity, He passed the extensive genetic, medical and other testing the sperm bank requires.
"I believe it's unethical. I think that there are a lot of variables and the state has their reasons for doing what they're doing. I think it's crazy, especially for the kid."
Tag: Marotta's attorneys filed a petition to have case dismissed.
Fairfax Cryobank pays approved donors $150 per donation and could pay up to $4,000 in 6 months.