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Sperm donor claims 27 kids
Jan 05 2008 02:51:30:233PM
An Australian man who gives away his sperm on the black market to
avoid stringent official regulations claims to have fathered up to 27
Sydney – An Australian man who gives away his sperm on the black
market to avoid stringent official regulations claims to have fathered
up to 27 children in two generations, a newspaper reported on
John Mayger, 59, is still fertilising about one woman a month
privately because he says fertility clinics treat people "like
sausages" and prevent donors from being part of their children's
lives, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But Mayger said: "There are a lot of men out there who want to know
their offspring and for their offspring to know them, but they are not
given that option at fertility clinics.
"I just love kids. I have four of my own and I think it is every
woman's right to have a child, but it is also every child's right to
know their genetic history," he said.
Mayger, whose marriage broke down, said he advertised his donations in
gay newspapers and magazines and had quarterly blood tests for
sexually transmitted diseases.
Among his children, he claims two daughters, aged three-months and
six-months, a three-month-old son and four babies due in the next four
months, plus four adult children from his marriage and a week-old
He is not listed as the father on any of the donor children's birth
certificates and bears no financial responsibility for them, but likes
to see the children as often as possible.
Sandra Dill, chief executive of Access, an infertility support and
advocacy agency, told the paper women were "insane" to accept fresh
sperm from strangers.
"Any woman who does that wants her head examined. It is insane not to
have sperm screened, and I would be very curious about a man who
wasn't prepared to go through that process," she said. – Sapa-dpa
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