Friday, January 5, 2007
Sperm donors typically have no interest in asserting parental rights in the children who result from the use of their donations -- donors are content with the free porn and nominal compensation ($30-$200).
Most states have statutes providing that a sperm donor is not a parent unless the donor and donee agree otherwise in writing or unless they are married.
The constitutionality of these statutes is now in question. In a Kansas case, the donor, Daryl Hendrix, alleges that the applicable statute violates his constitutional rights as a parent, especially because the donor and donee, Samantha Harrington, were known to each other prior to the insemination.
The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on December 4, 2006 and a decision is expected in February 2007.