Peter A. Lauzon, the Los Angeles attorney who represented the eight-time Mr. Olympia, said the legal issues surrounding artificial insemination create a ‘‘chilling effect.’’
‘‘Who is going to want to donate sperm?’’ he asked. ‘‘No one.’’
Mikki Morrissette, a mother of two who didn’t use a doctor for her artificial inseminations, once found herself asked to identify her sperm donor while seeking state-subsidized health insurance in Minnesota after moving there from New York City. She refused and was denied.
‘‘I know a lot of other woman around the country who have used a known donor who have run into similar problems,’’ said Morrissette, who was written five books, including ‘‘Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide.’’
She said the same request isn’t made of adoptive parents or when an anonymous donor is used: ‘‘It’s not fair.’’
Associated Press writer John Hanna contributed to this report from Topeka, Kan.