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Worries After 30 Lesbians Impregnated by the Same Man

Unregulated sperm donation is leading to unusual situations in which the children of lesbians are mixing socially — creating a risk of incest.

One of South Australia's foremost experts in reproductive technology - Andrew Dutney - said that in one reported case, about 30 lesbians were impregnated by sperm from one man, the Advertiser reported.

The mothers then organised picnics with all the children, raising the fear they might socialise with their half-siblings without realising they were related.

In another case, a man's sperm was used to produce 29 children, most of whom were living in Adelaide.

They did not know who their half-siblings are, raising concerns that in a "big country town" like Adelaide, they could accidentally commit incest.

In South Australia it has become standard practice to identify sperm donors, which has put men off donating through reproductive clinics.

Fertility treatments do not generally cater to homosexuals, because the law says it is only for infertile couples or those at risk of transmitting a serious defect.

These factors combine to push many people wanting children to seek help elsewhere — either through "turkey basters" or casual sex with friends or willing participants found online.

Dr Dutney, the former chairman of the SA Council on Reproductive Technology and Associate Professor of Theology at Flinders University, said the SA regulations were at fault and should be repealed altogether, leaving reproductive medical units to comply with the national ethical guidelines.

He cited the example of the "very generous" sperm donor to emphasise that when people were excluded from access to reproductive technology, it forced them to go it alone, and have children outside the normal system.

Those children were born about a decade ago, meaning they will be reaching adolescence in the next few years.

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You can't sue a donor.

Here in Northern Virginia we had a fertility doctor (Dr. Cecil Jacobson / The Sperminator ) who was nationally recognized for his pioneering work. When the kids ( 50 or 60 of them) started getting older folks began to realize they all looked alike; and they all looked like him.

He got 5 years in jail and his medical liscense revoked.

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You can't sue a donor.

Of course you can. Its happened before and will again.

But just one case-

Sperm Donor 'Dad' Must Pay Child Support

Judge Orders Doctor to Pay Child Support for Son Born in 1989

A sperm donor may have to pay child support after the mother's lawyer argued that the man has sent birthday cards and otherwise acted like a father to the teenage child, the donor's lawyer said.

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(fertility lawsuit)

A Nassau County Family Court judge recently blocked the man from seeking a paternity test. The man's lawyer, Deborah Kelly, says the Nov. 16 ruling sets the stage for a magistrate to determine how much her client may owe in support. The parties in the case are listed anonymously.

The man, a doctor, donated sperm to a hospital resident and her female partner in the late 1980s. The child was born in July 1989.

The donor and the women agreed verbally that he wouldn't have any rights in the child's upbringing, according to court documents. But he allowed his name to appear on the child's birth certificate because he felt it was in the child's best interests to have "an identity," court documents say..............continued

http://abcnews.go.com/thelaw/story?id=3947898&page=1

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Of course you can. Its happened before and will again.

I don't think it's the donor's fault. The donor is probable six foot five, blond hair, ivy league educated and abs like steel... The ladies probable just picked his brew out of the catologue more consistantly based on his bio...

The donor usually just donates for a fee; he isn't involved in deciding who can purchase his "sample"...

If you are going to sue somebody it would probable be the clinics for selling his sample so often...

Makes you wonder who the other donors were... "Couch potato, unemployed for three years, can't afford gas money for pickup, wife left me due to domestic violence charge... will work for beer money".

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A couple I know had a kid from sperm donor 2 yrs ago. They purchased extra so they can have a kid by the same donor. Now in WA state, one donor can only donate so much sperm, to avoid situations like this where you have 50 kids with the same dad. I would think that other states in America would regulate it similarly. Since the situation happened in another country, who knows what their rules are.

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Of course you can. Its happened before and will again.

But just one case-

Sperm Donor 'Dad' Must Pay Child Support

Judge Orders Doctor to Pay Child Support for Son Born in 1989

A sperm donor may have to pay child support after the mother's lawyer argued that the man has sent birthday cards and otherwise acted like a father to the teenage child, the donor's lawyer said.

PhotoDisc

(fertility lawsuit)

A Nassau County Family Court judge recently blocked the man from seeking a paternity test. The man's lawyer, Deborah Kelly, says the Nov. 16 ruling sets the stage for a magistrate to determine how much her client may owe in support. The parties in the case are listed anonymously.

The man, a doctor, donated sperm to a hospital resident and her female partner in the late 1980s. The child was born in July 1989.

The donor and the women agreed verbally that he wouldn't have any rights in the child's upbringing, according to court documents. But he allowed his name to appear on the child's birth certificate because he felt it was in the child's best interests to have "an identity," court documents say..............continued

http://abcnews.go.com/thelaw/story?id=3947898&page=1

Don't you think that's under a unique circumstance? If you just simply donate sperm and you have met all the pre-conditions of a donor, you are not responsible for anything after that.

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totally makes sense and I saw how this could happen a long time ago.

Women who go to these clinics can choose their sperm donor not by name but by certain characteristics and personality traits. The single donor probably has a lot of desirable qualities like athletic ability, musical talent, level of education, no history of major health problems in his family, no history of drug use etc.

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Here in Northern Virginia we had a fertility doctor (Dr. Cecil Jacobson / The Sperminator ) who was nationally recognized for his pioneering work. When the kids ( 50 or 60 of them) started getting older folks began to realize they all looked alike; and they all looked like him.

He got 5 years in jail and his medical liscense revoked.

I remember TLC or Discovery did a documentary on him and a list was mailed to the parents of the children he fathered naming the other children that way the kids can avoid can incestuous relationships. I also remember the SNL skit about him. Here's the transcript

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/91/91okids.phtml

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A couple I know had a kid from sperm donor 2 yrs ago. They purchased extra so they can have a kid by the same donor. Now in WA state, one donor can only donate so much sperm, to avoid situations like this where you have 50 kids with the same dad. I would think that other states in America would regulate it similarly. Since the situation happened in another country, who knows what their rules are.

OMG, a new campaign issue for this upcoming election.

The perils of unregulated sperm! I think Sarah Palin might have a leg up on this issue (or would it be two?).

Hey, it's all good. No body gets hurt, right. :doh:

Until those extra limbs and low iq rear their ugly heads in the offspring.

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Don't you think that's under a unique circumstance? If you just simply donate sperm and you have met all the pre-conditions of a donor, you are not responsible for anything after that.

thats what i was thinking. that donor tried to act like a father.

but if the donor is just that, a donor. never has any interaction with whoever his sperm went to, or with the child. then he shouldnt be able to be sued for anything. that would hurt the industry and no one would want to donate if by doing so it would open themselves up to being sued later.

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