This is maybe a little off topic, but it kind of fits; when I saw this thread I immediately thought of something I'd seen/read about about a year or two ago. It was of some man that have donated sperm to a sperm bank, and the women that used their sperm to fertilize their eggs, sued the sperm-bank/fertility clinic to get the identity of the men so they would be sued to provide child support. I remember reading about the cases and I believe in one or two, the women won the cases and the men had to provide child support. The cases struck me because I was always under the impression that sperm donors legally give up any parental rights, so they couldn't claim a child as theirs later down the road or be sued for child support later.
If you know, how retroactive is it? Can you sign something to that effect as soon as you find out you have a child somewhere and not have to worry about any sort of back payments or something like that?
Admittedly I don't know how it works.
Well, the case Andy seems to enjoy using is the one of the lesbian couple. Keep in mind the couple found this person on Craigslist, he came over to give his sample and sign away his parental rights. According to Kansas law the donation had to be to a physician who would then provide insemination. The court has no actual way to determine if the man slept with the woman and then regretted getting her pregnant or if he showed up with turkey baster in hand. So before this becomes sensationalized into man-hate, realize the man in this case completely went outside the law of donating his sperm to a physician in order to help this couple. The couple avoided a physician so they would not have to pay for fertility costs, this includes testing of the sperm and donor for genetic problems and disease. Kansas state law does, very explicitly, state that a physician must perform the procedure.
A sperm donor can also become part of a childís life even if anonymous. Should the donor become known and take an interest in the childís life, they may make a claim to parental rights. Keep in mind that the shift in thought here is for the best interest of the child. So far as the court is concerned, two parents and two incomes is better than one all things being equal.
While we could blame the man because he didn't make certain that the women went to a doctor to get inseminated, I don't feel comfortable with the idea that we should make the man stick around and ensure that they take the sperm to a doctor so that he's off the hook.
We could also blame the lesbians for not going to a doctor, but I don't feel comfortable with that one either. According to the article, a single attempt at artificial insemination can cost $3,000, and sometimes multiple attempts can be needed. If they want to do it themselves, let them.
It makes a lot more sense to me that the two lesbians would be the legal parents than some guy who dropped off sperm and then left.
So, stupid law in my opinion.