Kan. case reveals risks of assisted reproduction

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The case of a Kansas sperm donor being sued by the state for child support underscores the confusing patchwork of laws that govern how assisted reproduction is regulated in the United States.

In late 2012, Kansas officials went after a Topeka man who answered a Craigslist ad from a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor. William Marotta thought he'd signed away his parental rights, but was deemed financially responsible when the women split and one sought public assistance.

The three didn't go through a doctor — the only way Kansas recognizes men as donors.

Nine states, including Texas and Oklahoma, have updated their laws to eliminate the required doctor's involvement. Others haven't updated their laws to reflect the evolution of family structures, such as parenting by same-sex couples.