The effort, the state says, is to potentially lessen the burden on taxpayers. Officials in Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration declined further comment Thursday about Marotta’s case.
It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday whether other states have pursued sperm donors for child support. However, lawsuits have been filed in cases where mothers seek support from donors.
Last year, a state appeals court in California sided with a Texas man who was sued for child support by the mother of two children conceived from his sperm donation. In New Mexico, a state appeals court in 2008 ruled against a sperm donor who saw the children regularly and had agreed to pay some child support but didn’t want the amount increased.
In 2002, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws suggested that states have laws specifying that ‘‘a donor is not a parent of a child conceived by means of assisted reproduction’’ and that no donor could be sued to support the resulting child.
Kansas’ law, enacted in 1994, was based on an earlier model law from the same Chicago-based group, but legislators haven’t revised it. The group’s website says the newer language has been enacted in nine states, including Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.
‘‘It was updated as science progressed,’’ said Eric Fish, legal counsel for the group. ‘‘It continues to progress more quickly than the law.’’
Hollingsworth reported from Kansas City, Mo. Follow John Hanna on Twitter at www.twitter.com/apjdhanna