07-25-2004, 12:56 AM #1
Just in case you were sitting around...
thinking about donating your sperm:
Sperm donor must pay child support
Saturday, July 24, 2004 Posted: 0058 GMT (0858 HKT)
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A state appeals court ruled that a verbal agreement between a woman and her sperm donor was invalid, and ordered the man to pay child support for the woman's twins.
The three-judge panel ruled Thursday that the deal between Joel McKiernan and Ivonne Ferguson -- in which McKiernan donated his sperm and would not be obligated to pay any support -- was unenforceable because of "legal, equitable and moral principles."
Despite an agreement that appeared to be a binding contract, the father is obligated to provide financial support, the court decided.
"It is the interest of the children we hold most dear,"' wrote Senior Judge Patrick Tamalia.
McKiernan's attorney said he may appeal.
The decision could have implications for sperm and egg donors who expect anonymity, said Arthur Caplan, a professor and medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Anybody who is a sperm donor ought to understand that their identity could be made known to any child that's produced, and they could be seen by the courts as the best place to go to make sure the child has adequate financial support," he said Friday.
According to the trial judge's opinion, Ferguson and McKiernan met while working together and had a two-year affair. The relationship waned by late 1993, when Ferguson convinced McKiernan to act as a sperm donor with no responsibility for any child born as a result, the opinion said.
McKiernan, who has paid up to $1,520 a month in support since losing the case at trial, said he was not pleased with the ruling, but declined to comment further.
Ferguson's lawyer, Elizabeth Hoffman, said there was never evidence of an agreement between the two in which McKiernan would not have to pay any support.
"There was no evidence except his word and her word and it was a matter of credibility," he said.
07-25-2004, 01:01 AM #2
07-25-2004, 03:27 AM #3
07-25-2004, 04:01 AM #4
Oh **** that ****. That is messed up.
07-25-2004, 10:57 AM #5
no it isn't
Dumb-@ss should've gotten it in writing
07-25-2004, 11:05 AM #6
dam, looks like women really are out for the money...slut, he should off her, sell the kids on the black market and move to cancun
07-25-2004, 11:36 AM #7
and people wonder why there are battered women??????
07-25-2004, 11:40 AM #8Associate Member
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dang, **** that
07-25-2004, 11:41 AM #9
that fuking sucks. he has to pay child support and he didnt even bang her. you gotta see the irony in that
07-25-2004, 12:26 PM #10
What a fücking gold digging bïtch...
I sure he could hire someone to make her disappear for a few months worth of support payments...
07-25-2004, 12:30 PM #11Banned
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I donated sperm this past year at college for money one weekend.
I couldn't beat it 7 days prior, be on any drugs, and had to wait 3 months before I could do it again but it was an easy $150 bucks for beating one down.
07-25-2004, 01:08 PM #12Originally Posted by MrDezel
07-25-2004, 01:17 PM #13
I actually donated sperm about ten years ago to a friend who was trying to get pregnant, her husband was okay with it even though he didn't know me. The last I hear she was pregnant with twins, then I moved out of town. Maybe this is waiting for me!
07-25-2004, 02:35 PM #14Originally Posted by MrDezel
07-25-2004, 02:39 PM #15Member
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The punishment most definantly does not fit the crime.
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