Judge tosses Ohio woman’s lawsuit against sperm bank over biracial child

CHICAGO (AP) – A DuPage County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an Illinois sperm bank accused of mistakenly providing sperm from a black donor to a white Uniontown, Ohio woman.

The Chicago Tribune reports Judge Ronald Sutter tossed the lawsuit Thursday. But ruled Jennifer Cramblett could refile her lawsuit against Midwest Sperm Bank under a negligence claim.

Cramblett became pregnant in December 2011 through artificial insemination using sperm donated by a black man instead of the white donor whom she and her partner selected.

The bank later issued an apology and a partial refund.

Cramblett, who is white, said she loves her 3-year-old daughter. But she claimed “limited cultural competency” around African-Americans.

The sperm bank’s attorney, Bob Summers, argued Cramblett’s claim of “wrongful birth” could not be legally sustained in a case where a healthy child was born.

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