Sperm donor on the hook for child support

Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor — but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father.

Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist.

Marotta and the women, Topekans Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the child, a daughter Schreiner bore after being artificially inseminated.

But the Kansas Department for Children and Families is now trying to have Marotta declared the 3-year-old girl’s father and forced to pay child support. The case is scheduled for a Jan. 8 hearing in Shawnee County District Court.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women…But I….I do deny them my essence.

  • Yogibare

    Interesting. In most States the male has no say in the decision of a fetus being aborted. It is the woman’s choice. The male has no rights.
    So, Kansas now looks for someone with deep pockets to pick up the possible tab for support—some two or three years later? No rights—but responsibility!

  • awfulorv

    Rob must be doing better than we thought, financially. This article indicates he’s flush enough to hire comedy writers.

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