Man Who Donated His Sperm for Lesbian Couple’s Baby Must Pay Child Support

Bioethics   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Jan 23, 2014   |   11:27PM   |   Washington, DC

Our current atmosphere of reproductive anarchy can sometimes come at an unexpected cost. In Kansas, a man donated his sperm so a lesbian couple could have a child. Now, he’s on the hook for child support.

From the Kansas City Star story:

Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father.

invitroWhat does he think sperm is for?

Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn’t qualify as a sperm donor, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

“In this case, quite simply, the parties failed to perform to statutory requirement of the Kansas Parentage Act in not enlisting a licensed physician at some point in the artificial insemination process, and the parties’ self-designation of (Marotta) as a sperm donor is insufficient to relieve (Marotta) of parental right and responsibilities to the child,” Mattivi wrote.

There’s a moral to the story: Be sure you know the rules before you lend your reproductive capacities to child making. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Excerpted from his A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement (Encounter, 2010).