Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sperm Donors and Equality Among LGBTQ People and Straight People Alike

From my blog:
This seems like a “truth is stranger than fiction” story, but it is a clear discrimination — and injustice. Donating sperm to a lesbian couple might not be as simple, legally, as donating to a straight couple, at least in Kansas.
You see, sperm donation can happen at least in one of two ways: one is through the practices of a medical facility, in which a medical professional inserts the donated sperm into a woman. The other way is through the practice of a friend or paid donor who simply gives sperm to a waiting person or, say, a lesbian couple, who then take matters in their own hands, often times using a syringe when the “time is right” for the recipient.
Recently, though, in Kansas, a new little wrinkle came up, exposing a bias in favor of straight people versus LGBTQ people. William Marotta, the donor, was trying to assist a lesbian couple — Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer — who wanted to conceive a child. They put a posting on Craigslist, and William responded kindly by giving them some sperm. He signed a document, relinquishing any parental rights or responsibilities, and refused the $50 the women were going to give him. Sounds like a good agreement, right?
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