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2012 December 30 Sunday
Kansas Goes After Topeka Sperm Donor For Child Support

The state of Kansas is going after a car mechanic who gave sperm to a lesbian couple for free. Note: at least in some states you are at greater legal risk from sperm donation if your sperm doesn't go thru a medical doctor for delivery.

Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father.

Marotta donated sperm to a lesbian couple. One member of that couple, Jennifer Schreiner, had the kid. She and the other member, Angela Bauer spit up 12 months after Jennifer's artificial insemination. So did they decide to embark on a pregnancy within a stable relationship? Nope.

Bauer then developed what is described as a serious illness. No longer a breadwinner. Schreiner then filed for support from the welfare state.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families became aware of the situation because Schreiner had to file for Medicaid to secure health insurance for the girl.

Modest proposal: Amend sperm donation law to provide a way for donors to optionally require recipients to put money in an account that can be used for medical insurance and medical bills of any progeny. Ditto an account for baby food. The welfare state could be held off from going after the sperm donor for as long as the baby expenses account wasn't fully drained. Think of the great precedent it would set: people would have to financially prepare themselves to raise children, at least if they wanted to use a sperm donor. Incentives for responsible reproductive behavior are needed.

Pre-conception Health Savings Accounts would provide an incentive for prospective parents to save for babies. Though they'll likely appeal far more to those who are already responsible. What to do about the innately irresponsible?

What's insane: This lesbian couple first adopted 8 children before having one by artificial insemination. People of modest means should not adopt 8 children.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 December 30 09:18 PM 


Comments
J. said at December 30, 2012 10:42 PM:

Meanwhile in the opposite direction, FSA contributions have been capped at $2500 starting in 2013, making them effectively meaningless.

Black Death said at December 31, 2012 11:01 AM:

From the article:

"Bauer and Schreiner split up in December 2010 but continue to co-parent their eight children, who range in age from 1 month to 25 years."

....

I wonder who the "sperm donors" were for the other eight? Or were they all adopted? Are they all on welfare, food stamps and Medicaid? Inquiring minds want to know.

chris said at January 2, 2013 6:27 AM:

"Modest proposal: Amend sperm donation law to provide a way for donors to optionally require recipients to put money in an account that can be used for medical insurance and medical bills of any progeny. Ditto an account for baby food. The welfare state could be held off from going after the sperm donor for as long as the baby expenses account wasn't fully drained. Think of the great precedent it would set: people would have to financially prepare themselves to raise children, at least if they wanted to use a sperm donor. Incentives for responsible reproductive behavior are needed."

It's women though who need to be held more responsible for their reproductive choices, not men. Men are already held responsible regardless, i.e. this very story where the govt. went after the doner for child support when he clearly shouldn't be responsible.

Just Chillin said at January 2, 2013 10:23 AM:

"Kansas Goes After Topeka Sperm Donor For Child Support"

Now this is a more accurate and meaningful parameter on which to measure the real educational level of a country. An American judge cannot see the difference between donating or selling sperm and wanting to be a parent.

Some Dude said at January 3, 2013 9:04 PM:

If Kansas has ever gone after the husband for support where they used a sperm-donor to impregnate the wife, then I think there is ample precedent for the sperm donor to get off. The ex-spouse-thing should pay.

Not fair said at January 4, 2013 1:29 PM:

Poor sperm donor who didn't even get to bone the woman he turned into a mother.

Not fair said at January 4, 2013 1:39 PM:

@ just chilling:

Of course man, education is in the hands of Bill fucken Gates and Coca fucken Cola. When you place education in the hands of corporatocrats this is the kind of fucked up youth you'll get.

So, if you want to take a look at what the future is all about, think of 400-pund, child-minded adults sitting in front of their computers, having coke and smiling. Unable to think about anything in depth.

Comment Monster said at January 6, 2013 2:32 PM:

8 prior children and this idiot donor piled on? Let's face it guys--in most cases where a man is getting legally screwed over by a woman, he did the moral equivalent of putting on a miniskirt and sashaying down a dark alley with cash dropping out of his purse.


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