Should Anonymous Sperm Donors Pay Child Support?
In a novel case that’s being heard by the Court of Appeals here in Massachusetts, a woman who had 2 daughters through artificial insemination is demanding that her anonymous sperm donor’s identity be revealed so that she could establish paternity, child support and obtain medical information. The case is on appeal from Boston, Suffolk County probate court. [article here]
Sperm banks’ list of depositors are typically sealed tighter than a Swiss bank vault (although recently, that’s not so tight either). This is to protect the possible children of the donors and more importantly the donors themselves. The outcome of this case could jeopardize the entire sperm donation industry and therefore the hopes of a lot of women who wish to be artificially inseminated by anonymous donors.
If the identity of this donor were ordered to be disclosed – even if he ultimately would not be ordered to pay child support – it would put a chill on anyone who would even consider being a sperm donor. They would fear the threat of having to be dragged into family court and established to be the father.
Legally, I don’t believe the donor’s identity should be revealed. It would break the mother’s contract with the sperm bank and it would go against public policy. Personally, I believe this is a very selfish and desperate action by the mother.