Jennifer Cramblett and her lesbian partner are suing Midwest Sperm Bank LLC of Downers Grove, Illinois after the donor outlet mistakenly sent them sperm from an African American donor. The same sex couple have since claimed the error has created a lot of difficulties as they go about raising a mixed race 2 year daughter in a white community.
In the suit filed by Jennifer Cramblett, 36, the woman told that her and her partner, Amanda Zinkon had picked donor #380, a white donor who provided sperm for their first child but instead received a vial from donor #330, who is black.
In her civil motion, the mother would tell that she was already pregnant with the child from the black donor when she discovered the mix up.
Cramblett says raising their 2-year-old daughter Payton has been stressful and that she continues to ‘live each day with fears, anxieties and uncertainty about her future and Payton’s future.’
Adds the suit: ‘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.’
While the suit tells the new family have bonded, raising their two year child tells the white lesbian couple has also led to emotional stress in a community bereft of diversity. That said one can’t help but wonder if the same community may also harbor dislocating points of views with respect to a same sex couple also raising a family, never mind a mixed race child? Whilst readers on the web have also come to question the couple’s own racial tolerance, especially in lieu of the assertion that same sex couples are usually the most tolerant when it comes to divisive issues.
Cramblett has since told that she grew up in an ‘all white and unconsciously insensitive family’ and didn’t want their daughter to feel stigmatized. Adding that she dreads the day when she has to send Payton to an all-white school and that her therapist recommended she relocate to a more diverse neighborhood with good schools.
Tells the suit: ‘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 mother also complains that in order to get her daughter’s hair cut, she has to travel to a black neighborhood, ‘where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.’
The lawsuit claims the sperm bank kept handwritten records instead of electronic ones which allowed for the donor numbers to be misread. After Cramblett learned of the mix-up the sperm bank sent her an apology letter and a check refunding the six sperm vials she received.