Tuesday, 4 December 2007

We'll take your sperm and your money.

I have been somewhat perturbed by the story of the man who gave his sperm to a lesbian couple so that they could have a Baby and is now having to pay child support.

He gave the sperm on the understanding that he would not be involved in the child raising process.

However now the couple have split and for some reason that means that he now has to pay child support.

It is not clear from the article whether the parents had anything to do with the firefighter being asked to pay child support, but the fact remains that he has been landed with this responsibility.

The law is apparently to be changed to stop something like this happening in the future, but I'm surprised that a little bit of discretion couldn't be exercised in this case.

Essentially he offered his sperm to help a couple who couldn't otherwise have a baby to have one, but because he didn't go through the official donor system he is being made responsible for a child that for all intents and purposes isn't his.

He has no say in how the child is brought up, he is just being asked to stump up the cash for it.

The change in the law can't come fast enough to my mind and his case should be reconsidered.

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