State Pursuing Child Support From Sperm Donor

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas man who signed away his parental rights when he donated sperm to a Topeka couple is now being pursued by the state for child support after the mother received financial help from the state.

An attorney for William Marotta says that the state's effort to have Marotta declared the baby's father runs contrary to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

The case is scheduled for a hearing January 8th in Shawnee County District Court.

Marotta answered an ad in 2009 from a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor. He and the couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the daughter Schreiner conceived through artificial insemination.

Schreiner later fell on hard times and applied for state financial assistance.