TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after answering an online ad is fighting the state’s efforts to force him to pay child support for the now-year-old girl, arguing that he and the women signed an dealt waiving his parental rights.
The case hinges on the fact that no doctors were used for the artificial insemination. The state argues that because William Marotta did not work through a clinic or doctor, as required by state law, he can be held responsible for about $6,000 that the child’s biological mother got in public assistance — plus future support.
Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said that when a single mother seeks benefits for a child, it is routine for the department to try to determine the child’s paternity and require the father to make support payments to lessen the cost to taxpayers.
Marotta, a 46-year-old Topeka resident, answered an online ad in 2009 from Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, who said they were seeking a sperm donor. After trading e-mails and meeting, the three signed an pact relieving him of financial or paternal responsibility.
Schreiner became pregnant with a girl.
After she and Bauer broke up, Schreiner got public assistance to care for the girl.
A hearing is scheduled Tuesday for Marotta.