Surprised white lesbian sues sperm bank after giving birth to mixed-race daughter

You really can’t choose your relatives.

A lesbian couple in Ohio found that out the hard way when a Chicago sperm bank they contracted with to impregnate one of the women ended up with the wrong donor’s genetic material, according to the Chicago Tribune.

jennifercramblettamandazinkon1001In a lawsuit filed Sept. 29 in Cook County, a woman identified as Jennifer Cramblett argues the couple chose sperm from a white donor to make it easier to raise a child.

The lawsuit argues the sperm bank transposed the numbers on a vial of sperm, which resulted in her being impregnated mistakenly by sperm from a black man.

And that will make life difficult in the largely white Uniontown, Ohio, where Cramblett fears her now 2-year-old daughter, Payton, will be the only non-white child in school when it comes time to attend.

The girl’s mixed-race parentage makes life difficult in other ways, the lawsuit argues.

“Payton has hair typical of an African American girl,” the lawsuit states. “To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.”

The lawsuit alleges breach of warranty and wrongful birth, according to the Daily Mail. Among other things, it argues that Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, will have to move to a community where Payton will be welcome.

“Because of this background and upbringing, Jennifer acknowledges her limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans and steep learning curve, particularly in small, homogenous Uniontown, which she regards as too racially intolerant,” the lawsuit states.

Can anyone else think of a way this problem could have been avoided?

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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