Two Ohio Women Sue Sperm Bank Over African American Baby

Jennifer Cramblett was horrified once she gave birth to her bi-racial baby. She had never wanted to have an African American baby, and now, she says she is due some financial compensation.

Cramblett, an Ohio mother, is now suing a Chicago-area sperm bank which she says mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor. She filed a lawsuit stating that the Midwest Sperm Bank failed to give her the vials from the white man she and her partner had selected to inseminate her.

Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, say that they chose donor No. 380, who is Caucasian and that they never would have selected an African American donor. Instead of donor No. 380, they were sent the sperm from donor No. 330, who is African American, in an apparent case of sloppy handwriting.

Cramblett says she and her partner are suing the sperm bank for what they consider “wrongful birth and breach of warranty, citing the emotional and economic losses she has suffered,” according to what they told the Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit itself states that, “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 says that she and her partner don’t know how to raise an African American child in the small town of Uniontown, Ohio. Her therapist, however, has suggested that the couple move to a more racially diverse area for the well being of the 2-year-old child. This, apparently, had never occurred to Cramblett.

The couple also said they didn’t know the first thing about getting Payton’s hair done. Cramblett said she would be required “to travel to a black community where she is not overtly welcome.”

The lawsuit continues, stating that “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.”

(Article by Abu Hussein; image altered to protected the child in question)