Lesbian Woman Sues Sperm Bank Over Mixed Race Baby


A white Ohio woman is suing a sperm bank for mistakenly giving her and her white same-sex partner sperm from a black donor, according to court documents.

The federal lawsuit against Midwest Sperm Bank was filed by Jennifer Cramblett in Chicago's U.S. District Court. It alleges fraud, misconduct and negligence on the part of the Chicago-based sperm bank, as well as failure to follow FDA requirements, misrepresentation and breach of contract, Reuters reports.

Cramblett obtained sperm from the company’s Akron, Ohio, location in December 2011 and gave birth to a “beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby” girl on August 21, 2012.

She found out five months before her daughter was born that the sperm the couple received was from a black donor, even though she requested sperm from a white donor, court documents state.

Cramblett "is now facing numerous challenges and external pressures associated with an unplanned transracial parent-child relationship for which she was not, and is not, prepared," according to the lawsuit.

Cramblett previously filed a lawsuit against the company in 2014, but it was dismissed after a judge found it lacked legal merit, The Washington Post reported.

In that lawsuit she said she feared her daughter Payton, then 3, would be an outcast in her predominantly white community. She also claimed her family suffered stress, pain, suffering and medical expenses because of the mishap.

The sperm bank did apologize to Cramblett and refunded part of the cost to her and her partner.

In the federal lawsuit, Cramblett is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Sources: Reuters, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Alternet

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