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Sperm donor in Sweden must pay child support

Monday, December 10, 2001 – Print Edition, Page A16
The Globe and Mail

Stockholm -- A Swedish court has ruled that a man who donated sperm for artificial insemination, enabling a lesbian couple to have three children, must pay child support after the two women separated, a Swedish newspaper reported yesterday.

The regional daily Nerikes Allehanda said on its Web site that a county court ruled that the man was undoubtedly the children's biological father and hence obliged to pay child support of 2,838 kronor (more than $400) a month after the women's 10-year relationship broke up.

The verdict poses a legal dilemma, however, because under Swedish law a sperm donor is not regarded as the legal parent of children conceived with the help of his semen. The man is appealing the decision.


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