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White woman sues sperm bank for sending her black donor’s sperm


A white woman in Ohio is suing a sperm bank for sending her vials from a black donor, arguing that her biracial daughter will be discriminated against by her all-white community.

Jennifer Cramblett, 36, thought she would be fertilized with a white man’s sperm three years ago. But after she became pregnant, she discovered that the Midwest Sperm Bank in Ohio sent her the wrong batch of vials, according to NBC News.

Her two-year-old daughter, Payton, has already been the subject of prejudice in Uniontown, where an overwhelmingly majority — 98% — of residents are white, NBC reported the court papers as saying.

The lawsuit cited the reality that Cramblett has to travel to another town for her daughter to receive adequate hair treatments. The document also states that an employee at the sperm bank misread the handwritten number for Cramblett’s vials, which caused the mix-up.

“They’ve made the one mistake a sperm bank can’t make,” Cramblett’s lawyer, Thomas Intili, told NBC News on Wednesday. “It’s not like she was ordering pizza.”

She reportedly learned of the mistake when she tried to order additional vials from the office for her domestic partner, Amanda, to use in attempts to become pregnant with a sibling for Payton.

Cramblett gave birth to Payton on Aug. 21, 2012, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Intili told NBC that the sperm bank mailed Cramblett an apology and a refund check for six vials after severing contact with her.

Cramblett is suing Midwest Sperm Bank for wrongful birth and breach of warranty.