Wait What?: Sperm Donor Being Sued for Child Support by Kansas DCF

I have to say that I first read about this while perusing one of my GUILTIEST of guilty pleasures sandrarose.com. I wanted to actually discuss the post when I saw it on there but I a) refuse to request a logon b) am not saved enough to have conversations with  some folks just yet. Anyway here is the long and short of it (no pun intended really)…

Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner
Source: CJ Online – Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner of Topeka, KS

Back in March of 2009, William Marotta responded to an ad Angela Bauer and now former partner, Jennifer Schreiner placed on Craigslist looking for a sperm donor. A few mouse clicks and a handshake later, Schreiner was inseminated with Marotta’s sperm. At the time Marotta relinquished all of his rights and responsibilities for the child.

I am so glad you got passed the Craigslist part and kept reading! Kudos to you!

Now fast forward three years later… Due to a health issue, Bauer has been unable to work as of March 2012.  Schriener went to the state to get health insurance for their child. It was there that DCF requested the name of the father/sperm donor and Schreiner caved told them about Marotta.

Now here is where it gets interesting … more interesting…

From CJ Online:

Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the DCF, said Monday the department  is proceeding with the case the way state law requires.

She said: “Speaking generally, all individuals who apply for taxpayer-funded benefits through DCF are asked to cooperate with child support enforcement efforts. If a sperm donor makes his ‘contribution’ through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state statue. In cases where the parties do not go through a physician or a clinic, there remains the question of who actually is the father of a child or children. DCF is required by statute to establish paternity and then pursue child support from the noncustodial parent.”

So yes in my best Maury voice “William you are the daddy”

Source: Jeff Davis/The Capital Journal - William Marotta
Source: Jeff Davis/The Capital Journal – William Marotta of Topeka, KS

Now I don’t know how I feel about this case at all. I don’t know if it is the Craigslist part…. or the fact that they co-parent 8 other damn children together (the youngest being 3 months old)… or that she literally sold old boy out? There are so many levels of foolishness that I don’t know where to start. And better yet, now what? Is he really going to be responsible for child support? Could he file for guardianship of the child now?

On a larger scale, I wonder what if any implications this will have on other lgbt couples in the future.  I’m sure we all know at least one couple who conceived in these methods (minus the Craigslist part). Could they now be in jeopardy? Does a male friend now have to think even harder before giving the gift of life? People scream that this is unfair and just another way to encroach on our reproductive rights as lesbians but I am not sure I am on board with that in this case… I think there was a LOT of irresponsible behavior that contributed to this and now someone has to pay the Piper.
Irreverent side note: Yes, Tom Hanks could definitely play him in the Lifetime Movie
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One thought on “Wait What?: Sperm Donor Being Sued for Child Support by Kansas DCF”

  1. Hi, I am a first time commenter but I have read your blog before. I like it. Now on this story this is cray cray. How do they have 8 children anyway? I don’t want to be judgemental because I don’t know their lives but that is fucking nuts. I hope the guy does take the little girl if they can’t take care of her. There is something not right in this milk.

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