A woman is suing a fertility clinic because of the “pain, suffering” and “emotional distress” attached to raising a non-white baby.
Jennifer Cramblett discovered the sperm they received was donated by a black male instead of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed white man she and her same-sex partner requested.
When she gave birth to “a beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby” in August, 2012, Cramblett sued for wrongful birth and breach of warranty.
In September, 2015, the judge threw the case out because “wrongful birth” cases are meant to address when children are born with congenital or hereditary disorders, and not cases of babies being born a mixed-race.
She has since filed a new suit earlier in 2016, arguing the fertility clinic should pay over $150,000 in damages for their negligence. Claiming she 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,” the suit said.
Now that her daughter is three years old, Cramblett believes damages from mothering a mixed race baby include the need to move out of “intolerant” Uniontown, Ohio, the stress of racially insensitive family members and the need for personal counselling for herself and the whole family given she “was raised around stereotypical attitudes” towards black people.
For “a decent haircut” Cramblett claims she drives to a black neighbourhood which she believes is more stressful than what most mothers experience, and it makes her feel uncomfortable.
Cramblett said in an earlier lawsuit filed in an Illinois court that although she and her partner love the little girl, she is concerned about bringing her up in a white, racially intolerant community, and in a white “often unconsciously insensitive” family.
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