Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mixed Bags...

In this diverse and divisive nation of ours...I sometimes wonder if the news can get any more bizzarre or stupid than the story I am about to convey to you....It involves Lesbians, A mixed race baby and intolerance or perceived intolerance...

Apparently a Chicago-area sperm bank is being sued by an Ohio woman for mistakenly giving her vials from an African-American donor, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Jennifer Cramblett, who is white, has filed a lawsuit stating that Midwest Sperm Bank gave her the vials of a black man instead of the white man that she and her life partner had chosen. Documents show that Jennifer Cramblett and her life partner, Amanda Zinkon, chose donor No. 380, who is white. However, they were sent the sperm from donor No. 330, who is black.

When the couple ordered more vials so that they could have more children using sperm from the original white donor they claim they requested, it was then that they realized the initial donor didn’t match the one they requested. But by then, it was too late....Jennifer Cramblett was already pregnant.

Jennifer Cramblett is suing the sperm bank for get this...“Wrongful birth and breach of warranty, citing the emotional and economic losses she has suffered,” the Tribune reports.

The lawsuit states, “On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl. 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.”

Jennifer Cramblett and her life partner have stated that there are challenges to raising Payton in the small, virtually all-white town of Uniontown, Ohio. Jennifer Cramblett stated in the lawsuit that she was raised in a community that held racially intolerant beliefs about people of color. (and of course...I'm going to assume that she and her life partner don't.)

Jennifer Cramblett stated that she did not meet any African Americans until she attended college. The lawsuit states that it is because of her upbringing that “Jennifer acknowledges her limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans and steep learning curve, particularly in small, homogenous Uniontown, which she regards as too racially intolerant.” (Hmmm, I wonder how tolerant they are of her same sex relationship....Not judging...Just asking...Towns like that are usually intolerant of both!)

One of the couple’s concerns involves getting Payton’s hair done. It requires Jennifer Cramblett to travel to a black community where she is “not overtly welcome.”

Further, Jennifer Cramblett is concerned about her family, which the lawsuit states is an “all white and unconsciously insensitive family.”(I imagine they were just tickled pink about their daughter's living arrangement)

The lawsuit goes on to say, “Though compelled to repress her individuality amongst family members, Payton’s differences are irrepressible, and Jennifer does not want Payton to feel stigmatized or unrecognized due simply to the circumstances of her birth. Jennifer’s stress and anxiety intensify when she envisions Payton entering an all-white school.”

Jennifer Cramblett’s therapist has suggested that she and her partner move to a more racially diverse area for the now 2-year-old child’s psychological health.

That's a good idea....

This is why I am a huge advocate for higher education in this country.....We have too many stupid people living and working everyday in this country....I am not talking about Jennifer Cramblett and her partner...I'm talking about the people in her family and community that are so afraid and so intolerant of her lifestyle choice and the race of her baby.

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

This is tricky because they did ask for a white donor, on the other hand they got what they wanted, who cares what skin color she is, Those lesbians couldn't make a white baby together, and she said her family and town was racist.


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