Saturday, April 29, 2023

Man Who Has Fathered Hundreds Is Barred From Donating Sperm

Estate planningOn Friday, a court in the Netherlands ruled that a man who fathered 550-600 children in the past 16 years can no longer donate sperm to prospective parents. The ruling came after the Dutch Donor Child Foundation sued the man, representing the interest of sperm donors’ children.

Due to Dutch privacy laws, the government has not publicly named the man. However, the New York Times interviewed him for an article in 2021, identifying him as 41-year-old Jonathan Jacob Meijer. 

Meijer donated sperm to at least 11 fertility clinics. According to the rules in the Netherlands, each clinic is permitted to allow a maximum of 12 mothers to use the sperm. Meijer lied to the clinics, telling them he had not donated elsewhere and had no plans to do so. In addition to donating to Dutch clinics, he donated to a fertility clinic in Denmark and offered his services across various social media platforms.

For more information see Claire Moses “Man Who Has Fathered Hundreds Is Barred From Donating Sperm” The New York Times, April 28, 2023.

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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