William Marotta of Kansas, USA, will now have to pay a lesbian couple that purchased his sperm in order to conceive a child. Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer, the couple in question, found William Marotta not through a sperm bank, but through his own online advertising offering to sell his sperm to whoever would buy it.
The couple and William signed a document that freed him from any financial responsibility once the child was born, and seemingly the transaction was rather amicable. Yet, when the couple fell on hard financial times, they petitioned the government to declare William Marotta the legal father, and thus financially responsible for the now 4-year-old child.
When the case was taken before a judge he ruled that a man may only be considered a sperm-donor if he goes through a doctor or an official sperm bank and that the document signed at the time of the transaction was not legally valid.
William Marotta is in the process of appealing the ruling.
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