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Sperm donation gone wrong: The shocking story of a Dutch donor and his fathering of 550+ children

By Lee Cleveland - June 7, 2023

A Dutch man has made headlines worldwide after fathering more than 550 children through sperm donations. The man, known as Jonathan, aged 41, has been ordered by a court in The Hague to stop or face a fine of more than €100,000 ($111,275).

Jonathan was previously banned from donating to fertility clinics in the Netherlands in 2017 after fathering more than 100 children. Despite this, he continued to donate sperm abroad and online, which led to a court order in The Hague to provide a list of all the clinics he has used and to order them to destroy his sperm.

The court went further and ordered Jonathan to stop donating his semen to new prospective parents after the judgment. He was also forbidden from contacting any prospective parents or advertising his services to them. The order was put in place because Jonathan was found to have deliberately misled prospective parents about the number of children he had already fathered.

This incident has raised concerns about the implications of such actions. The foundation protecting donor children’s rights and the mother of one of the children allegedly fathered from Jonathan’s sperm took him to court. They argued that the kinship network with hundreds of half-brothers and half-sisters is too large. There is a high chance of siblings unknowingly forming a couple and having children together, which could lead to genetic abnormalities in their offspring.

The case of Jonathan brings to light the importance of laws regulating the number of donations a sperm donor can make.

Although sperm donation is a noble act that enables many couples to conceive, it should be regulated to prevent such incidents. The Dutch government has already put a limit on the number of times a sperm donor can donate to six, which is still relatively high compared to other countries.

Furthermore, this case also highlights the importance of proper screening and counseling for sperm donors. Sperm donors should undergo screening for genetic and infectious diseases to prevent the transmission of such diseases to offspring. They should also receive psychological counseling to prepare them for the implications of their donation, including the possibility of having many offspring.

In conclusion, the case of Jonathan, the Dutch man who fathered more than 550 children worldwide through sperm donations, is a cautionary tale about the need for proper regulation, screening, and counseling of sperm donors. It is essential to prevent such incidents from happening in the future and to prioritize the safety and well-being of the offspring.

“All these parents are now confronted with the fact that the children in their family are part of a huge kinship network, with hundreds of half-siblings, which they did not choose,” it said according to the BBC.