Kansas Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

By Jennifer Thieme, Ricochetspaerm donor

 

A Kansas court ruled that a parent cannot contract away his parental responsibilities in sperm donation, unless a doctor does the procedure. If the doctor does it, the sperm donor will never be considered the father from a legal point of view. That’s the way the law works in Kansas in sperm donation. The court also said this:

 

“A person cannot contract away his or her obligations to support their child. The right for support belongs to the child, not the parents.”

 

The court rejected that this man was simply a “sperm donor” and ruled that he was the father of the child, and did so on the basis of what is just for the child.

 

Why this matters:

The legal category of “sperm donor” is an interesting one. It’s an artificially constructed legal “wedge” that uses the state to keep children permanently separated from their fathers. It also serves as a “wedge” to keep men and women away from each other by sending a specific type of policy signal: that men and women don’t need to work together to raise the children that come about when their gametes are combined. By developing these artificial “wedges,” the state and the adults involved are all making an implicit assumption about what the child will want in his own future, without ever asking the child.

 

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