White lesbian loses suit against sperm bank that accidentally injected her with black man’s genetic material

White lesbian loses suit against sperm bank that accidentally injected her with black man’s genetic material
Jennifer Cramblett

If she were anything other than a member of the LGBT community, Jennifer Cramblett would be branded as a racist. But as she is a lesbian, the Washington Post matter-of-factly writes that Cramblett, who is white, sued Midwest Sperm Bank in 2014 for artificially inseminating her with sperm from the wrong donor, which resulted in her giving birth to a mixed-race daughter. The donor, as she discovered only after her daughter was born in 2011, was a black man. And she fears that her little girl, Payton, now 3, will grow up feeling like an “outcast.”

So being part black will make the child feel like a pariah, but Cramblett is unconcerned that Payton’s having to explain that she has two mothers and no father will be a walk in the park?

In the lawsuit, Cramblett’s attorneys had argued that raising a mixed-race daughter in Uniontown, Ohio, “which she regards as too racially intolerant,” would pose a hardship. Cramblett testified that she has already had to contend with some of the difficult adjustments, such as “getting her daughter’s hair cut, which according to the suit requires Cramblett to travel to a black neighborhood, ‘where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.'”

Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, were seeking at least $50,000 in damages. But last Thursday “DuPage County judge Ronald Sutter threw out the lawsuit, agreeing with attorneys for the sperm bank who argued that it lacked legal merit.”

Attorneys for the sperm bank had argued that “wrongful birth” suits typically apply to cases where the child is born with a birth defect that doctors should have warned parents about; in this case, the child was healthy. Cramblett had also sought damages for a “breach of warranty.” The judge rejected both claims but said that Cramblett could refile the suit as a “negligence claim.”…

It’s frankly painful to think of the little girl shown below growing up in an environment where her caretakers have decided in advance that she will be a societal reject. Let’s hope that Cramblett’s neurosis-induced forecast of Payton’s future doesn’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

cramblett and payton

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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