Hamilton family sues sperm bank after son's 'heartbreaking' diagnosis

(www.thespec.com)

Seven Canadian families are suing an Ontario sperm bank, alleging they were misled about their donor’s background, including a potentially debilitating genetic condition.

“As a result of the conduct of the of the defendants … the plaintiffs sustained injuries in the form of physical and emotional pain,” reads a statement of claim filed by Louise Frame and Kristy Kokoski, one of the families taking legal action.

If the plaintiffs win millions in damages from this case, will it also open up the door to lawsuits from people engaged in one-night stands or short-lived flings where a child born is not a perfect specimen of the homo sapien genus? I do not mean to make light of the seriousness of the situation, but sperm banks are hardly swarming with olympic champions and Ph.D-holding professors intent on passing on their genetic profiles to all who are willing to conceive of a “superior” human being.