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California’s top court rules sperm donors must testify

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SAN FRANCISCO — Anonymous sperm donors don't have an unlimited right to privacy and can be forced to testify in legal proceedings, the California Supreme Court ruled.

Without comment, the high court on Wednesday unanimously upheld an appellate court decision demanding that an anonymous sperm donor, identified only as Donor 276, testify in a lawsuit against a Culver City sperm bank.

According to a lawsuit by the parents of an 11-year-old Santa Barbara girl afflicted with a kidney disorder, the anonymous donor was allowed to give sperm even though he had a family history of kidney disease.

The family claims the girl, Brittany Johnson, was one of hundreds of children potentially conceived with sperm from Donor 276. An appeals court said in May that the donor must testify in the case.