Dutch man illegally fathers 102 children
August 25, 2017 2 comments
A man in the Netherlands may have illegally fathered as many as 102 children by donating sperm to multiple clinics.
Men who wish to be donors in the country must sign a contract with their clinic of choice in which they promise they will not donate to other fertility centres. However this declaration is rarely checked and enforced. Dutch law states that such men cannot have more than 25 biological children. This rule was designed to limit the possibility of children conceived this way growing up to form romantic relationships with people they do not realise are their half-siblings.
Speaking to Dutch media, the man, who has not been named, insisted that his motivation was not to have as many children as possible but because he likes “to make people happy”. Donating “makes [him] feel helpful” and the “gratitude of doctors and prospective parents is great” he claimed. The clinics he visited were “happy if they have a donor who passes the screening” he explained, adding that his sperm was “often immediately used”.
This man had not been the only one found to have donated to more than one clinic in the Netherlands. Another was recently tracked down by the authorities but he had only fathered two children.
In response to these revelations the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Obsteterie & Gynaecologie, the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, demanded that fertility clinics immediately stop using donations from the two men.
Following a recent analysis of official data on donors, the Dutch Ministry of Public Health has warned that there is a significant lack of oversight for fertility clinics. The government has since launched an investigation into the matter.
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August 25, 2017