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Lesbian sues over artificial insemination misadventure

Jennifer-Cramblett

I’ve written a couple of times on surrogacy, the process by which a person is hired to be carry a child on behalf of another party, and the ways it degrades the relationship between parent and child, essentially turning the child into a commodity that can be rejected if it is imperfect (here | here). The opposite side of surrogacy is artificial insemination where either the husband, or, in the case of the happy couple pictured above,  an unknown third party provides the payload which is delivered to the target mechanically. This is usually accomplished in conjunction with the woman taking fertility drugs.

Unfortunately, the procedure involves people and a certain number of people, even highly educated ones, are idiots:

A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community.

Jennifer Cramblett, of Uniontown, Ohio, alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court that Midwest Sperm Bank sent her the vials of an African-American donor’s sperm in September 2011 instead of those of a white donor that she and her white partner had ordered.

Ooops. As we discovered in the case of baby Gammy, babies unnaturally conceived are held to a higher standard than babies conceived in the traditional manner. So the mother, or whatever the childbearing half of a lesbian couple is called, did what came naturally: she sued. The lawsuit, itself, is made of total awesomeness:

On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl,” the lawsuit states. “Jennifer bonded with Payton easily and she and Amanda love her very much. Even so, Jennifer lives each day with fears, anxieties and uncertainty about her future and Payton’s future.”

Raising a mixed-race daughter has been stressful in Cramblett and Zinkon’s small, all-white community, according to the suit. Cramblett was raised around people with stereotypical attitudes about nonwhites, the lawsuit states, and did not know African-Americans until she attended college at the University of Akron.

“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.

Part of that learning curve has included getting her daughter’s hair cut, which according to the suit requires Cramblett to travel to a black neighborhood, “where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.”

She fears that her “all white and unconsciously insensitive family,” which has never been able to fully embrace Jennifer’s homosexuality, could have a negative effect on her daughter, according to the lawsuit.

“Though compelled to repress her individuality amongst family members, Payton’s differences are irrepressible, and Jennifer does not want Payton to feel stigmatized or unrecognized due simply to the circumstances of her birth,” the lawsuit states. “Jennifer’s stress and anxiety intensify when she envisions Payton entering an all-white school.”

So not only does the baby have to contend with being raised by sexual deviants, they also seem to be a bit racist in the bargain. (More commentary on the lawsuit can be found here.)

In an age where fairness has been made into a deity, it is unfashionable to say it but not everyone is able to have children. That we are attempting to defy Nature, or dare I say it God, by creating babies on demand is not a good thing. It is a step back in civilization to a time when children were technically chattel and could be left abandoned on a hillside to die of exposure if the parents didn’t want it.

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