And this is the type of question that the sexual revolution requires us to answer. The story:
Jennifer Cramblett and her wife, Amanda Zinkon, wanted a white baby. They went to the Midwest Sperm Bank near Chicago and chose blond, blue-eyed donor No. 380, who looked like he could have been related to Zinkon. When Cramblett was five months pregnant, they found out that she had been inseminated by donor No. 330 — a black man. […]
That leads some to believe that Cramblett is asking to be paid for the difficulties that many black folks — and white parents of adopted black children — deal with without compensation.
“I don’t think I deserve anything more being the white parent of a black child than any parent of a black child does,” says Rory Mullen, who adopted her daughter. […]
But she thinks the fact Cramblett waited more than two years to sue indicates that the experience of raising a black child is her real problem.
“When you say this is too hard, I didn’t deserve this, this is too much for me to handle, then the child internalizes it and it affects their self-esteem,” she says. “It’s my job to pour self-esteem into my daughter, not tear it down.”
If you have time, read the whole article. The journalist, Jesse Washington, did a good job of interviewing parties on both sides of this race and parenting debate. The story is interesting and it’s sad. I often wonder if the parents of these wrongful birth suits think of the impact of them on the children, and whether they are truly worth the cost. I’d like to see some research on the long-term impact of these suits on kids. I don’t imagine the children come away unscathed.