Dutchman Jonathan Jacob Meijer apparently has a quirky hobby: the 41-year-old has been a sperm donor so often in his life that he is said to have fathered a total of 550 children. But that brings him a legal action. He is accused of increasing the risk of incest through his excessive visits to the sperm bank. There is a maximum number of children that a donor can give birth to…
The Dutchman is said to have cheated on hundreds of women – because they did not know that he had already fathered hundreds of children. Now the case is going to court: the Donorkind foundation wants to prevent Meijer from continuing to donate sperm and that his stored donations are not destroyed. Exceptions are those donations that are already reserved for a woman who already has a child from him.
Affected mother: ‘I’m really getting sick’
In fact, sperm donors in the Netherlands are only allowed to have 25 children or a maximum of twelve women to make their fetus available. This is to prevent inbreeding, incest or psychological problems in the donor children. A concerned mother, who had a child through a gift from Mejier, said: “If I had known that he has already fathered more than 100 children, I would never have chosen him.” She was very concerned about the AD. Consequences: “Thinking about the impact this could have on my child makes me sick.”
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The Dutch Association for Obstetrics and Gynecology had already sounded the alarm about Meijer in 2017. By then he had fathered at least 100 children and distributed his sperm to ten clinics. As a result, he was blacklisted in the Netherlands. However, that didn’t stop the 41-year-old from continuing to donate abroad – he also advertised his sperm on the internet. He often used the name Rudd for this.
“We are taking action against this man because the national government is not doing anything,” explains the chairman of the “Donorkind” foundation, why they have now filed a lawsuit. “He has a worldwide reach via the internet and does business with large, international seed banks,” says Ties van der Meer.
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