White Lesbian Couple Sues Sperm Bank for Mistaken Donation from African American Man

Jennifer and her daughter, Payton
Jennifer and her daughter, Payton

*The Ohio woman that sued a sperm bank because it messed up and gave her and her partner sperm from an African-American man instead of the white one the couple had previously selected said that it’s not about race; her family is simply trying to get compensation to deal with a situation they weren’t prepared to handle.

Jennifer Cramblett, 36, made headlines this week after she filed a lawsuit against the Chicago-area Sperm Bank for wrongful birth and breach of warranty. Cramblett told The Huffington Post in a phone interview that she and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, wanted their child to bear some resemblance to them — particularly Zinkon, who would not be carrying the baby.

The couple had spent hours pouring over sperm donor profiles, and had finally found a donor with blond hair and blue eyes who looked like he shared heritage with Zinkon. But after all that, they didn’t get the sperm they ordered.

Cramblett, with her lawyer present, said that she and Zinkon didn’t plan on a mixed-race child, but added “I would never, ever take that away.”

“We love her — she’s [a] dream come true,” Cramblett said of her 2-year-old daughter, Payton. “For people to think I don’t want this child because of her skin tone is just not the case. It angers me that people would even think I don’t want my child.”

But it is because of their daughter Payton’s mixed-race heritage that the couple claims they will have to move away from their current home in Uniontown, Ohio — a place she described as white, conservative and too racially intolerant.

“This isn’t LA or New York. We’re not on the coasts. We’re in farm country,” Cramblett said. “That raises my concerns [for Payton.] Being a lesbian growing up in a small town, I went through a lot of things that were hard on me. I don’t want her to have to go through that.”

Cramblett said a [black] friend shared his experience about being a black child who was adopted by two white parents. She said her friend felt “out of place” in his all-white community and “at 9 years old, he was praying to be white just so he could fit in.” She is worried Payton will have a similar experience if the family doesn’t move. “It sucks,” she said.

See the actual complaint and read more at Huffington Post.


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