A London man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay child support, it was revealed today.
Andy Bathie, 37, a firefighter from Enfield, agreed to help Sharon and Terri Arnold after they assured him he would have no involvement in the children's upbringing and no financial commitment.
Mr Bathie was approached by the couple five years ago after they were “married” in a ceremony. They had unsuccessfully asked other male friends.
He said: “I did look into the legal side and understood that as a couple they would be the parents, not me. I was never Daddy.”
He was stunned when the Child Support Agency contacted him last November to demand payments because the women had split up.
Officials made him take a £400 paternity test and began docking his pay.
You have been warned: do not donate sperm to any of your lesbian friends, OK?
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is now warning “DIY” donors they are liable financially unless they donate through a licensed clinic.
The HFEA said: “We would warn men providing genetic material that the only time they are not the father is when they donate through a licensed fertility clinic. This does not apply to unlicensed websites or home insemination.”
Lawyers say an increasing number of men are seeking legal advice after being approached by lesbian couples desperate to conceive but who cannot afford clinic costs.
Well, I am afraid that's just fucking tough. It goes without saying that this is another outrageous fuck-up by the state, a classic case of unintended consequences.
But this is absolutely fucking outrageous. The idea that this guy should be forced to support a child over which he has no legal right is just so very wrong that I am near wordless.
The idea that one of these lesbians must have fingered him as the father after the couple split up is just the most incredibly bitchy and unpleasant thing to do. Why the hell is the other "mother" not paying the maintenance?
Fuck 'em. Or, rather, don't.