Since I was busy
trying to get a date with a real live Christian writing the post, Let Go and Let God (Find You a Date for Saturday Night), I neglected this story which had the intertubes outraged and aflutter a few days ago, Kansas Sues Sperm Donor for Support. In case you missed it, here are some deets from the ABAJournal story:
William Marotta responded in 2009 to a Craigslist ad seeking a sperm donor. He and the two women, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, agreed in writing that they, not he, would be the parents of the now 3-year-old child Schreiner conceived through artificial insemination. However, the state Department for Children and Families is seeking to have Marotta declared the father of the child in Shawnee County District Court so it can obtain support from him.
I won’t bore with the reasons why I think William Marotta is (quite literally) screwed in this case, other than to say that I don’t think the Kansas court is going to define him as a sperm donor, a definition which would (probably. At least, in Pennsylvania it would) indemnify him to the support claim. But the story makes me wonder more about the lesbian couple who decided it was a good idea to start a family by advertising for genetic material on Craigslist. First off, do they know the sort of people who are on Craigslist? We have this guy, former Congressman Chris Lee, who I wrote about in the post, Too Stupid to Live. The married congressman had to resign from political office after he posted, on Craigslist, shirtless pics of himself in an ad trolling for
sex dates using his real name. And then we have this guy, Philip Markoff, who you probably know better as the Craigslist Killer. My husband once advertised his old truck for sale on Craigslist, and considering the sort of people who showed up at our door offering $20 cash (as though offering that amount by check would have been the reason for not making the deal) for his 2005 Ford Ranger, I can assure you that Chris Lee and Philip Markoff are the absolute cream of the crop on Craigslist.
By the way, Bauer and Schreiner initially offered Marotta $50 (cash? check? We may never know) for his sperm, an offer the generous
hearted Marotta generously declined as he generously provided his little spermies gratis. I probably don’t need to tell you that the insemination was not performed by a physician, or a turkey baster.
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