White Lesbian Sues Sperm Bank After Giving Birth to Black Baby

It feels like America is going to hell in a handbasket right now – the threat from ISIS, Ebola in Dallas, the list goes on. But you know what? When I see stories like this, I’m not sure it’s entirely undeserved: a white lesbian is suing a sperm bank for giving her a black man’s sperm.

Yes, this is what childbearing in America is coming to. Children aren’t viewed as gifts from God or even cherished new members of a family. Instead, they’re more like shoes and purses: you shop around for one that suits your personal tastes at the moment, carefully selecting according to color, size, and practicality. If you change your mind or find something better, women feel entitled to a refund or an exchange. I can almost hear this woman throwing a hissy fit more appropriate for the handbag department at Macy’s: “But I ordered the white one!”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Cramblett filed a lawsuit in Illinois’ Cook County Circuit Court alleging that Midwest Sperm Bank gave her, a white woman, the wrong sperm, mistaking a black donor for a white donor. She and her white girlfriend, Amanda Zinkon, had requested Caucasian sperm. Cramblett says she discovered the mistake when she and her partner requested another few vials of same donor sperm to have another child.

Now Cramblett is suing the Sperm Bank for “wrongful birth and breach of warranty, citing the emotional and economic losses she has suffered.”

“On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl,” the lawsuit states. “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.”…Raising a mixed-race daughter has been stressful in Cramblett and Zinkon’s small, all-white community, according to the suit.

The emotional losses she’s suffered? What about the suffering of the child she willingly chose to have, who will no doubt hear about this someday? How damaging would it be to learn that your two mommies were so upset about bringing a black baby home to their lily-white neighborhood, they actually sued to make up for the “loss”?

And this isn’t just a problem of lesbian couples. If Cosmo is any indication, many women treat having babies as a special occasion centered around themselves. Like weddings, they feel they should have control over baby-making down to the last minute detail. But since DNA is a roll of the dice, they’re bound to end up disappointed – and angry. I waited til the “perfect” time! I paid a lot for this! What do you mean I can’t return it?

No, you don’t. This isn’t complicated. If there’s any situation where a “sorry, no refunds” policy should apply, it’s to having a child.