Human Exceptionalism

Reproductive Anarchy Has Its Costs

Our current atmosphere of reproductive anarchy can sometimes come at an unexpected cost. In Kansas, a man provided sperm to a lesbian couple so they 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.

What 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. 

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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