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So, Does This Mean He Doesn’t Have to Pay Child Support?

rockin.gifIn Manhattan this week, a judge allowed a lawsuit to go forward against a fertility clinic, a lawsuit filed by some parents who concluded that there was something amiss with their child. The baby’s skin, it seems, was a little too dark for the parents to believe it was their child. And, indeed, after a few DNA tests, the couple discovered that the clinic botched the artificial insemination, using someone other than the father’s semen to inseminate the egg.


Thomas and Nancy Andrews are suing the New York Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine, accusing the clinic of medical malpractice. The couple is upset that they have been raising a child that is not the same race, nationality, or ethnicity as the parents. According to the article:

They say that “while we love Baby Jessica as our own, we are reminded of this terrible mistake each and every time we look at her; it is simply impossible to ignore,” the judge’s decision said.

Sure, it’s a bummer. And, sure, the doctors screwed up. But, we are talking about a child here. When “Baby Jessica” starts reading about this lawsuit twenty years from now, I’m not so sure how she’ll feel about learning that her parents were constantly reminded of “this terrible mistake each and every time” they looked at her.

Of course, my parents feel the same way every time they see the back of a Volkswagen bus. As my father used to say, “Dusty: I sure wish that just that once, when folks saw that damn bus a rockin’, they would’ve ignored the sign and came a knockin’ anyway. It sure would’ve saved us a lot of grief.”