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Do sperm donors have parental rights?

Kansas' highest court will consider the constitutionality of a 1994 Kansas law that says a sperm donor has no parental rights unless he has a written agreement with the mother.

The case involves an unmarried woman who asked a friend to donate his sperm so she could have a child. He agreed, intending to act as the father for the twins conceived in September 2004.

But the two did not put anything in writing as required by law, and when the twins were born, she went to court to make sure she would be their sole parent.

Court records provide few details, listing the man only as DH, the woman as SH and the children as KCH and KMH.

The twins were born in May 2005. The woman went to court the next day, and a Shawnee County district judge concluded in December that DH had no parental rights, prompting the appeal.

"It's caused a great deal of anxiety," said Kurt James, a Topeka attorney representing the man. "He feels betrayed by her failure to live up to her bargain and betrayed by the loss of his children from the time of their birth."

SH contends she intended to be a single mother. She also wanted to know who was donating the sperm so that she would have information about the man's health history, should the babies have future medical problems, Susan Barker Andrews, a Topeka attorney representing her, wrote in her court brief.

Kansas and at least 15 other states, including California and Texas, say sperm donors do not have parental rights without a written agreement. (AP)

Comments

  • Please refer to the argument in "Legally Blonde".

    If sperm donors contend that they have parental rights, then they should be legally liable for abandonment whenever they [email protected]

    As to the effectivity of a verbal contract with regards to parental rights, that would be up to the jury to decide, but their law clearly states that they have to have a written agreement.
  • mac_bolan00mac_bolan00 Banned by Admin PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    correction: donating your sperm left and right without checking on whether or not you had a child is reckless abandonment.
  • Lucca YamazakiLucca Yamazaki die boy abunda die! PExer
    uh...

    say you donated your sperm and some lady took it in...

    20 years later the sperm developed into a young multi-billionaire genius...

    would be real whacked if suddenly you just busted into his crib demanding money by virtue of him not being generous enough to his old man...

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