The white lesbian mother who is suing a Chicago sperm bank for accidentally sending her a black man's sperm says she worries other families cold suffer the same mix-up.
Jennifer Cramblett sobbed as she described how she and her partner Amanda Zinkon must now move out of their small, all-white hometown of Uniontown, Ohio, so their mixed-race daughter Payton will be accepted.
Ms Cramblett, 36, is suing Chicago-based Midwest Sperm Bank for allegedly sending her the wrong sperm samples after a receptionist transposed a number on the pape rwork. Donor 380, the sperm donor Ms Cramblett and Ms Zinkon had picked to father their child, was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white man. She was sent vials of sperm from donor 330, a black man.
... Ms Cramblett she has 'limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans' and worries that her daughter Payton will not be accepted in her hometown of Uniontown.
'Jennifer lives each day with fears, anxieties and uncertainty about her future and Payton's future,' according to the lawsuit.
... Ms Cramblett says in her lawsuit that much of her family is racist and that one uncle openly makes racist comments.
Even simple tasks have become more complicated because Payton is mixed-race, the lawsuit says.
'Payton has hair typical of an African American girl. To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome,' according to the lawsuit.
Ms Cramblett says she grew up in Scio, Ohio - population 762 - and didn't meet a black person until she attended college. She currently lives in Uniontown, population 2,802, and fears Payton will be the only non-white child in class when the time comes for her to attend school.
Ms Cramblett says her family has difficulty accepting the fact that she is gay and encourage her to hide her sexual orientation when she is around them.
She says no matter what she does, Payton cannot hide her race - nor should she have to.Did she seriously think that anyone would think that she and her lesbian partner conceived the child? And now she is upset that she feels obligated to associate with blacks?