Court bans ‘biological father’ from helping neglected child

A New York appeals court has rejected an attempt by a sperm donor to assert parental rights to a child who was removed from a lesbian couple and put in foster care because of neglect complaints.

Judge Robert Mulvey of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department wrote in his opinion that the man, identified only by his first name, Christopher, had failed to establish that it would be in the child’s best interests to order paternity tests and grant him parental rights.

“While young, the child’s ‘image of her family’ – consisting of two mothers – would be devastated by an outsider, who merely donated sperm, belatedly asserting parental rights,” the court said.

The ruling drew immediate outrage from a family-advocate group.

“A little girl is in foster care. Her father wants to get her out and take care of her, but the courts are forbidding him to even take a paternity

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