Virginia Court of Appeals Says ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ Goes to Daddy


*Now readers, before you go mistaking this incident for an episode of “Being Mary Jane” where successful news host, “Mary Jane Paul” (played exquisitely by Gabrielle Union) steals semen from her boyfriend, “David Paulk” (played with genuine swagger by fine ass Stephen Bishop) and freezes it to impregnate herself later on…stop it.

This ain’t that.

As “Elliott” told a friend in the film “ET” who asked why he couldn’t just beam the little alien back up…

This is real life.

A woman who used a turkey baster to inseminate herself with “material” from someone she called a friend, has lost her rights to be the sole parent of the child because an Appeals court judge in Richmond, Virginia has granted parental rights to the man who fathered the child.

The ruling was upheld from a previous decision by the Roanoke Circuit Court who granted parental rights to Robert Boardwine, the man who provided the sperm that Joyce Bruce used to inseminate herself with a turkey baster.

Bruce wanted to deny the man any parental rights and visitation, arguing that the case fell under the commonwealth’s assisted conception statute. She said Boardwine should be considered a “sperm donor without any rights.”


How much do you want to bet her ass would go after him for child support though; the minute she started having financial problems.

But the court ruled the statute only applies to cases where “medical technology” was used.

They don’t list “turkey baster” under this.

“The plain meaning of the term ‘medical technology’ does not encompass a kitchen implement such as a turkey baster,” the court wrote in its ruling.

But this case isn’t as cut and dry as it first appears.

As it turns out Bruce had approached Broadwine with the turkey baster idea in 2010. At first he was hesitant to be the participant, but later agreed. The court heard there were several unsuccessful attempts with the turkey baster and a fertility doctor was consulted before Bruce successfully became pregnant in July 2014.

Though Broadwine had planned to be a parent to the child, he later learned that Bruce only wanted him to have “some involvement” and she was to be the sole legal parent.

The friendship became uncomfortable for months, but the sperm donor was allowed to visit the baby boy at the hospital and at the woman’s home. However, after a while Bruce asked Broadwine to stop coming because the visits became too “strained.”

The court said Broadwine’s “path to fatherhood may have been unconventional,” but he was granted joint legal custody of the child and visitation rights.

Monica T. Monday, Bruce’s attorney, said she will have to consult with her client before deciding whether to further appeal the decision.

Kind of makes you want to consider using something else to baste your turkey with. Who can you trust these days?


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