Need some “genetic material?”….. Try Craigslist

So the state of Kansas is pursuing a man, William Marotta, for child support.  Marotta gave his sperm to a  lesbian couple who wanted a baby.  When one of the women lost her job and her partner filed for support, the state wanted to know who the donor was and the woman was evidently compelled to give up the name of the man. You can read the story in the Kansas City Star.

This all started when Marotta responded to a Craigslist add seeking a sperm donor.  Yes, you read that correctly, a Craigslist add. For a sperm donor. The couple and the man signed an agreement releasing him from responsibility of parental rights. In a television interview, the donor said he was just “donating genetic material.”  The man’s lawyer, Hannah Schroller, told the Kansas City Star that her client believed he was “a sperm donor and not a parent.” The agreement also stipulated that he would be paid “fifty dollars per semen donation” which he later decided not to take. (This really has no relevance to the story, but, you know…)

The State’s argument is that because the artificial insemination was not handled by a doctor, as required by state law, the contract is not valid and he is liable as the father.

Yea, I’m holding back on this one. Let me see, what lessons can we learn here? Well, probably that it’s never just “genetic material,” and that one should be cautious when giving your sperm away, by Craigslist add or otherwise. It’s a lesson all young men should learn. I’m sure when he was working up the ol’ “donation” he never dreamed he’d be in this mess. Another thing, whenever there’s a baby, there’s always a pair of testicles involved.  Whatever you may think I’m trying to infer from that statement, it’s biology, I’m just pointing it out. Learned it in a book when I was about 10.

I certainly don’t know what to conclude from a legal standpoint. They had a baby and now they’re asking state help to support it.  Not particularly an unusual situation in our country. However, they are asking the state for help, but they didn’t follow state law. He is the biological father. Marotta, did however, sign an affidavit that he had no reason to believe the procedure wouldn’t be performed by a medical professional.  Ok, but that puzzles me, I mean, they advertised on Craigslist, dude.

There’s another lesson here.  That technology comes with no moral code. I’m not making an argument against artificial insemination. I’m simply stating that technology gives us the ability to do almost anything these days. The problem is that technology only tells us what we can or can’t do, not what we should or shouldn’t do. Whether we’re talking about getting a boob job, a nose job, getting things added that we weren’t born with, things removed that we were born with, or getting rid of an unborn baby we don’t want, all technology tells us is yes we can or no we can’t. The government doesn’t provide moral code, only rules for engagement. Break them and pay a fine. Neither of these, technology or the government, says “have you thought about how this will impact society.” Have you thought about how this will impact the way your society is in the long term?  No they don’t. Religion gives us moral code, but we’ve decided that we can’t allow that in the public sphere. You know, stuff like the “Ten Commandments.” Wouldn’t want to put that up where anyone would see it.

Anyway, another signpost of our society, you can make your own conclusions. I have two conclusions; A: That life is like a Quentin Tarrantino movie more that I can figure, and; B: The genie got out of the bottle, opened pandora’s box, and they’ve had a baby. We’re just trying to figure out who’s going to pay for it.  Ultimately, we all will.


6 comments on “Need some “genetic material?”….. Try Craigslist

  1. Chris Coyne says:

    I used to have a recurring dream as a kid. Reader’s Digest version – I had this overwheling feeling that I couldn’t keep up. With what you may ask? No idea then, no idea now – it was just a feeling.

    A feeling, however, that would wake me and cause inconsolable tears.

    Every now and then I get that feeling again…only this time I’m awake.

    Not smart enough to even know where to begin with this story – maybe I’ll just begin with prayer.

  2. joy says:

    En tant que femme mère normale je le suppose ,car nous les hétéros nous allons devenir dans les années à venir les anormaux .Il n’y aura que des gays et des lesbiennes .Pour la procréation il faudra toujours une verge pour expulser le sperme .Bien sur avec tous ces détraqués du sexe, ils ont recours à toutes sortes de subterfuges pour assouvir leurs pulsions et à négliger la façon la plus belle de faire un enfant que le rapprochement dans L’ACTE de AMOUR DE DEUX ËTRES qui s’aiment et qui est l’ultime phase finale de donner la vie .oui DIEU a créé ; l’homme et la femme pour continuer à assurer la survie de l’espèce humaine .S’il n’y avait que des hommes ou que des femmes sur terre , que serait la vie ici bas .Prenons le cas ,de ces femmes AMAZONNES qui peuplaient une partie de l’ile de MADAGASCAR .Elles tuaient tous les hommes pour vivre en vase clos ,rien que des femmes (poutant elles viennent bien d’une cellule humaine d’un ovule et d’un spermatozoîde ).d’ailleurs cette race a disparu (faute de nouvelles âmes comme on le dit ) .C’est vrai qu’il y a un vide juridique ,et cet homme s’est trouvé coincé à son propre piège ,vu que cette insimination n’a pas été pratiquée par un médecin en toute légalité ,je connais bien cette pratique au sein de ce 3 ième sexe ;donc il ne peut donc pas prouver si oui ou non il n’a pas fauté avec une de ces dames .De plus ces lesbiennes “pas folles les guèpes” ont profité de ce vide juridique pour réclamer pécunairement ce qui leur revient : donc la sociéte comme toujours doit payer .Mais la société c’est vous ,c’est moi et on en a MARRE .Et pour en revenir ,je ne suis pas d’accord J’AI VOULU MES ENFANTS DANS LA PURE TRADITION de la création JE ME SENS NORMALE et je n’ai rien demandé à la société . TOUT COMME pourLES MERES PORTEUSES JE SUIS CONTRE ..

  3. fmlinardo says:

    Not sure having the Ten Commandments displayed in public would have kept ol William out of dutch or kept the two women from going back on the agreement, and screwing wild bill with his pants on.

  4. Amparo says:

    Genetic material. Wow. Other words come to mind.

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