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Sperm donors in the UK
Using a licensed clinic is critical in defining the relationship a sperm donor has - or does not have - with his biological children.
Dr Allan Pacey, chairman of the British Fertility Society, says the law has always maintained that unless a donor goes through a licensed clinic, he is the father of the child.
"It is very clear that if you are going to splash your sperm about, you are the father of the child," Dr Pacey says.
When William Marotta answered a Craigslist ad seeking a sperm donor, he was just trying to help two women start a family.
Over a few days in 2009, he gave the couple several donations in plastic cups and signed an agreement giving up all his parental rights. He thought he would never see them again.
But in October he got an alarming letter: though the women did not want him to be part of the child's life, the state of Kansas was suing him for child support.
Mr Marotta, 45, discovered that the women raising his biological daughter had separated and the child's mother, facing financial difficulties, had enrolled the girl in Medicaid, a government healthcare programme for the poor.
The state asked her for the name of the girl's father, who officials said was financially responsible for the medical expenses incurred.
originally posted by: bbracken677
a reply to: NavyDoc
Does anyone happen to notice how ripe for jokes this topic is? I can barely contain myself!!
Maybe if I bite my lip hard enough the compulsion will pass.......
They are up the creek without a paddle!