The urban legend of getting “trapped” by a kid just went up a notch. A woman is forcing a man to pay child support for a baby she had without his knowledge. How did she do it? She performed oral, saved the sperm, put it in a tube, and impregnated herself.
Obviously, her former love is outraged that the woman is attempting to receive financial assistance for a child that he not only had no knowledge about, but also was not exactly a willing participant in creating. He would like to claim theft, but can’t, since the law states he did willingly give his sperm away, even if it wasn’t in the natural way a baby is made.
The woman: Dr. Sharon Irons, accused of a “calculated, profound personal betrayal.” The man: Dr. Richard O. Phillips, suing for emotional distress as he was ordered to pay $800 a month in child support after a paternity suit that Dr. Irons filed proved he was the father of her child. Dr. Phillips had no idea about the child for almost two years. The child is now 5-years-old.
Fraud and theft claims have been dismissed by lower and higher courts. Apparently, there’s a thin line between deceitfully engaging in physical acts and consensual relations.
According to the law, Dr. Phillips’ sperm wasn’t stolen; it was given away, for Dr. Irons to use as she pleased.
The ruling stated, “When [the] plaintiff ‘delivered’ his sperm, it was a gift — an absolute and irrevocable transfer of title to property from a donor to a done. There was no agreement that the original deposit would be returned upon request.”
There is no word on whether or not Dr. Phillips is an active participant in the child’s life, as he continues to state that he feels “trapped in a nightmare”.
What do you think? Should Dr. Phillips have to pay or is this an outrageous crime committed against him?