The sperm donor who might be forced to pay child support

A Kansas man may have to pony up thousands of dollars to the state for giving another couple the gift of life

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When 46-year-old William Marotta of Topeka, Kansas, donated his sperm for artificial insemination to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, he thought he was giving the lesbian couple a beautiful gift: A child to call their own. Now, he's fighting a state effort to make him pay thousands in child support even though he signed a contract freeing him from all parenting responsibilities, including financial burdens, from the very beginning.

Why is the state of Kansas after him? Bauer and Schreiner, who broke up in 2010 but still co-parent eight children, filed for state health insurance for their daughter in 2012 after an illness kept Bauer from working. The state, in turn, demanded the sperm donor's name be revealed in order to collect child support from him.

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