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Does Turkey Baster Dad Have Rights?

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Does Turkey Baster Dad Have Rights?

It was a tough call for the Virginia courts to make. How does the law look at a turkey baster dad? It all happened because two friends, one a young woman who wanted a child, the other a male friend of hers, decided to use a turkey baster to help her become pregnant. But the two aren’t talking now, and the man was forced to take her to court to get visitation rights. It turns out even this unconventional method is still recognized as a route to fatherhood by the law.

Turkey Baster Dad Wants Fatherhood

It all started because Joyce Bruce wanted a child. When she first approached Robert Boardwine with the idea of using a turkey baster to get pregnant, he backed off. But the more the two friends talked about it, the more it made sense to him. There was no sex. Boardwine would go into another room, bring her the sperm he had gathered and when he left she would insert it with a turkey baster. They tried this method for several months before she found she was pregnant. But that was when the trouble began. The two did not agree on his involvement. Boardwine envisioned going to games and being as involved as any separated Dad and Bruce saw him as fathering from a farther and less regular distance.

Court Gets Involved

When they could not agree on the unborn child’s name, the two became distant. Five months passed, the baby was born, and Boardwine found out from someone else. He visited the hospital and then began visiting the baby and Bruce at her home. That was when she told him to back off and stop coming by to see the child. But when the court mandated DNA testing proved he is the father, it awarded him joint custody. Despite the court’s ruling that a turkey baster cannot be considered “reproductive technology” the tests proved his legal right to see his child. Of course, what will always remain is the moral side of the story. If a mother uses donated sperm to create a child, is she legally required to include that man in her baby’s life? At this point, it appears the answer is yes.

 

 

 

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