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White Woman Sues Over Sperm From Black Donor

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A white woman from Ohio is suing a sperm bank after she was accidentally inseminated with vials from a black donor, despite her preference for a white donor.

Jennifer Cramblett, of Uniontown, Ohio, alleges that Midwest Sperm Bank sent her vials of an African-American donor’s sperm in September 2011 instead of the white donor that she and her white domestic partner, Amanda Zinkon, ordered.

“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.”

Cramblett learned about the error when she was already pregnant in 2012 and tried ordering more vials from the same donor, so she could have another child with her partner. It was at this time when Cramblett was informed that the vials she received earlier were from a different donor than the one she and Zinkon had requested.

Although Cramblett says she and Zinkon love their 2-year-old daughter, Payton, very much and wouldn’t change anything about her, their concern stems from raising their mixed daughter in the predominantly white community where they live.

According to the lawsuit, the mix-up occurred because records at the sperm bank are handwritten instead of being electronically stored in files, which make donor numbers more likely to be misread.

Cramblett is now suing Midwest Sperm Bank for wrongful birth and breach warranty because of “emotional distress” and “economic and non-economic losses” she’s endured.

Read more on the case HERE!

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