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By Steve Fry
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A Shawnee County District ruled Wednesday that William Marietta is more than a sperm donor, But is a father required to pay child support.
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A Topeka man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the presumptive father to a baby one of the woman bore and is subject to paying child support., a Shawnee County District
In her written decision, District Court Judge Mary Matti's said that because William Martita and the couple failed to secure the services of a physician during the artificial
insemination process, he wasn' t entitled to the same protections given other sperm donors under Kansas law.
Kansas law is clear that a ‘donor of semen provided to a licensed physician for use in artificial insemination of a woman other than the donors wife is treated in law as if he were not
the birth father of a child thereby conceived, unless agreed to in writing by the donor and the woman,' wrote.
In this case; quite simply, the parties failed to conform to the statutory requirements of the Kansas Parentage Act in not enlisting a licensed physician at some point in the artificial
insemination process, and the parties' of (Martita) as a sperm donor is insufficient to relieve (Martita) of parental rights and responsibilities" to the child, the judge
contended he was only a sperm donor to a couple seeking a child, but the Kansas Department for Children and Families argued he is a father who owes child
support to his daughter. The girl is at years old.
The requirement to include a licensed physician in the artificial insemination dates to 1973 when the Uniform Parentage Act came into being and was adopted by Kansas, said.
The judge noted it is "" that the semen in this case wasn' t provided to a licensed physician.