Jennifer Cramblett, of Uniontown, Ohio, was
inseminated with what she thought was a white man’s sperm back in 2011. Just a
month before her due date, Cramblett had called to order eight more vials that
her partner Amanda could use to try to get pregnant with a sibling. That’s
when they realized the Midwest Sperm Bank sent the wrong batch.
Cramblett said that so far all she’s gotten is an
apology and a refund for the six vials. But that’s not enough.
"I am happy that I have a healthy child,"
Cramblett told NBC News. "But I'm not going to let them get away with
not being held accountable."
claims her daughter Payton, now 2 years old, is already experiencing prejudice
in Uniontown, where 98 percent of the residence are white.
Cramlett's lawyer told NBC News his client
"lives in an all-white community in eastern Ohio. She did not encounter
any African-American people until she entered college. Not all her friends and
family members are racially sensitive."
went on to tell NBC News that they have to travel to a black neighborhood to
get their daughter’s hair cut, and she doesn’t want her daughter to feel like
she’s an outcast in their town.
lawsuit doesn’t specify the cost for emotional damages at this point, but her
lawyer said she would need enough funds for her family to move out of
Uniontown, to a place that’s more culturally diverse with good schools.
several versions of this story over and over again and almost every time I’m
left scratching my head.
It makes me wonder if they’d care if the donor mistake happened with another white donor.
hand, I completely understand her fury. She and her partner spent nearly a year
deciding which man to use as a sperm donor. It’s not like they’re deciding what
to order for dinner. This is a big deal. If my husband and I couldn't have a
baby together and we needed to use a sperm donor, it’s something we’d take very
seriously, as I’m sure these women did. Of course you’d expect to get what you
bank should definitely be held accountable for this situation, regardless if
the mistake was with a black man’s sperm or another white man’s sperm. It’s a
huge mistake either way.
we got that out of the way, what leaves me utterly shocked about this story is
the fact that Uniontown, Ohio, is so open-minded to the idea of a same-sex couple
having a daughter together, yet so close-minded not to accepting a biracial
little girl. Is it just me or is that extremely odd? The fact that they're using
their daughter’s race as a main argument in the headlines makes me wonder if
they’d care if the donor mistake happened with another white donor.
it’s an extreme exaggeration of the racial divide in that town, or we have a
lot longer way to go than I thought.
in Utah several years ago, where the whole state has less than a 3 percent African-American population, yet there are many families who adopt black
children and biracial people. Black salons are not on every corner, but many moms
learn how to style their daughter’s hair. I now have two biracial children
and am lucky to live in a racially diverse place where we see a lot of
interracial couples and families.
trying to discredit this mother’s story or her pain because if I found myself
in her situation I’d be raising Cain, too—but I’m sad that her town can be so
open and progressive about two moms being parents yet show prejudice against
their sweet little girl.
What do you think of the lawsuit? Would you be
angry if this were you?