White mom sues U.S. fertility bank over black donor sperm mix-up
The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $50,000 in damages
An Ohio mother and her same-sex partner has reportedly sued a Chicago-area sperm bank for receiving wrong-race sperm batches three years ago, claiming her now 2-year-old biracial daughter will be a target for ridicule and discrimination.
Jennifer Cramblett, 36, was five-months pregnant when she learned she was mistakenly inseminated with a black donor’s sperm instead of a white man’s as she had previously chosen, reported the Associated Press Wednesday.
“How could they make a mistake that was so personal?” Cramblett told the AP.
"They took a personal choice, a personal decision and took it on themselves to make that choice for us out of pure negligence,” she added.
The lawsuit was filed against Midwest Sperm Bank LLC on Monday for negligence and breach of warranty and also for emotional and financial damages.
According to the lawsuit, Cramblett and her partner, 29-year-old Amanda Zinkin, are worried about raising the toddler in Uniontown, a predominantly-white community.
According to court documents, the toddler is already facing racial prejudice in predominantly white Uniontown which hosts a community of 3,300 people, reported the Washington Post.
Cramblett claimed she had felt prejudice as a homosexual but doesn’t know what it’s like to be mistreated because of her skin color.
The suit also cited “difficulties” currently faced by the family, such as the toddler’s hair care.
"Getting a young daughter's hair cut is not particularly stressful for most mothers, but to Jennifer it is not a routine matter, because Payton has hair typical of an African American girl," said the lawsuit.
"To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome."
Therapists are now recommending the couple to move to a more racially diverse community, according to the lawsuit.
“I will not let this happen again. I am not going to sit back and let this ever happen to anyone ever again,” Cramblett told NBC News on Wednesday.
The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $50,000 in damages, some of which would pay for ongoing counseling, AP reported the couple’s attorney as saying.