Jennifer Cramblett incident

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Jennifer Cramblett incident
LocationOhio, United States

The Jennifer Cramblett incident took place in Ohio, United States in 2014, when Jennifer Cramblett, a white woman in a lesbian relationship,[1] gave birth to a multiracial female child. Cramblett had requested a sperm donor from a Caucasian man and instead was impregnated by the sperm donated by an African American man.[2][3][4]

The incident made national headlines and Cramblett and her domestic partner Amanda Zinkon[5] filed a lawsuit against the sperm bank which they eventually lost.[6][7][8]

In the law suit Cramblett said she the incident was "an unplanned transracial parent-child relationship for which she was not, and is not, prepared."[2]

Cramblett also claimed the law suit was "not about race".[9]


  1. ^ Rodriguez, Meredith (October 1, 2014). "Lawsuit: Wrong sperm delivered to lesbian couple". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ a b Mullin, Joe (April 25, 2016). "White woman sues sperm bank—again—after getting black man's sperm". Ars Technica.
  3. ^ Bever, Lindsey (October 2, 2014). "White woman sues sperm bank after she mistakenly gets black donor's sperm". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Lewin, Tamar (July 21, 2016). "Sperm Banks Accused of Losing Samples and Lying About Donors". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Dixon, Briana (October 10, 2014). "Black Children Need Safe and Healthy Environments, Not Lawsuits About Sperm Donors". Rewire.News.
  6. ^ McKnight, Matthew (October 14, 2014). "The Ohio Sperm-Bank Controversy: A New Case for Reparations?". The New Yorker.
  7. ^ "Woman accidentally impregnated with black man's sperm has legal case dismissed". The Guardian. Ohio. Associated Press. September 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Bindel, Julie (October 3, 2014). "Designer babies? It looks like racism and eugenics to me". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Bellware, Kim (October 2, 2014). "White Woman Who Sued Sperm Bank Over Black Baby Says It's Not About Race". HuffPost.

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