Jennifer Cramblett is suing Midwest Sperm Bank for consumer fraud, negligence and breach of contract after providing sperm from an African-American donor, which according to the claim form, led to the birth of 'a beautiful, obviously mixed-race, baby girl'. Cramblett is Caucasian and had requested sperm from a Caucasian donor (see BioNews 774).
The claim form states that Cramblett 'is now facing numerous challenges and external pressures associated with an unplanned transracial parent–child relationship for which she was not, and is not, prepared'.
It also states that Cramblett and her family require long-term counselling and a 'change of domicile to a place that is more racially and culturally diverse'. She is seeking damages in excess of US$75,000.
It is the second time Cramblett has attempted to sue the sperm bank. An Illinois state court threw out her claim last year, saying that it could not proceed as a wrongful birth action, but the judge said that she could resubmit her claim under a different action (see BioNews 818).
Speaking at the time, Cramblett told NBC News: 'I am happy that I have a healthy child, but I'm not going to let them get away with not being held accountable.'