Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Wrong Sperm?!

This as quite a complex story filled with subtle nuances, supposition and the possibility of making case law.

A Chicago-area sperm bank is being sued by an Ohio woman for mistakenly giving her vials from an African-American donor.

Jennifer Cramblett, who is white, filed a lawsuit stating that Midwest Sperm Bank gave her the vials of a black man instead of the white man she and her partner had chosen. Documents show that Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, chose donor No. 380, who is white. However, they were sent the sperm from donor No. 330, who is black.

When the couple ordered more vials so that they could have more children using sperm from the original white donor they claim they requested, it was then that they realized the initial donor didn’t match the one they requested. But by then, Cramblett was pregnant.

Cramblett is suing the sperm bank for “wrongful birth and breach of warranty, citing the emotional and economic losses she has suffered."

The lawsuit states, “On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl. 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 and her partner have stated that there are challenges to raising Payton in the small, virtually all-white town of Uniontown, Ohio. Cramblett stated in the lawsuit that she was raised in a community that held racially intolerant beliefs about people of color. Cramblett did not meet any black Americans until she attended college. The lawsuit states that it is because of her upbringing that “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.”

One of the couple’s concerns involves getting Payton’s hair done. It requires Cramblett to travel to a black community where she is “not overtly welcome.”

Further, Cramblett is concerned about her family, which the lawsuit states is an “all white and unconsciously insensitive family.” The lawsuit goes on to say, “Though compelled to repress her individuality amongst family members, Payton’s differences are irrepressible, and Jennifer does not want Payton to feel stigmatized or unrecognized due simply to the circumstances of her birth. Jennifer’s stress and anxiety intensify when she envisions Payton entering an all-white school.”

Cramblett’s therapist has suggested that she and her partner move to a more racially diverse area for the now 2-year-old child’s psychological health.

There are so many different things wrong with this story that I don't know where to begin. But there is really no better place to begin than at the beginning. Firstly, it has always been my position that aligning with the gay "community" with the struggle of African-Americans in this country is a huge mistake. This has been an on going effort perpetuated by the gay "community" and happily accepted by so called African-American leaders who happily welcome anyone who is "different" into the "club" with open arms. This story is proof of a more collective view most likely shared by a vast gay segment of the population. Cramblett expects us to believe that she lives in a community where homosexuality is accepted African-Americans are not? Or does she feel as if she and those like her have now transcended bigotry and are now more acceptable than black people? It seems to me that the gay agenda has begun to slowly step off of the coat tails of the African-American journey here in America. I personally believe that her ascertion that the town that she lives in is "racially intolerant" is more reflective of her own personal feelings, and if she truely loves, and has bonded with this child, then race should not matter.

Cramblett also says that she has to travel into the "black community" to get little Peyton's hair done, and is “not overtly welcome.” What does she want? A banner, confetti, a float and a full on parade! The reasoning for this law suit is frivolous at best, and damaging to the child at worst. Simply because of the fact that one day she will know that her mother filed a law suit because she thinks of her as one big mistake, and a colossal inconvenience. But despite her "anxiety" this never even crossed Crambletts mind. Her actions don't reflect caring or concern. Just carefully coded language in a lawsuit.


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