The Gift That Keeps on Giving

TitleThe Gift That Keeps on Giving
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Ladenson, R, Skipper, RB
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractJoe McKiernan who donated sperm to his friend Ivonne Fergusson, had a verbal agreement with her that his role would be anonymous, that he would not be financially responsible, and that he would not seek visitation or parental rights. Five years later, Ivonne sues Joe for retroactive child support. In the following court ruling, Joe was held liable for child support, as they had only had a verbal agreement. Later, in 2007, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that oral agreement between parties would stand, and that neither Joe nor other sperm donors should be held liable to financially support their progeny. What, if any, are the responsibilities of sperm donors?
NotesCase Study prepared for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship, 2010
OEC Unique IdentifierAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics, Ethics Bowl
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