A Dutch court has ordered a man to stop donating sperm after judges found that he had fathered between 500 and 600 children around the world.
The 41-year-old Dutchman has been prohibited from donating more semen to clinics and could be fined a Hundred Thousand Euros or Hundred and Ten thousand dollars per infraction.
The court also ordered him to write to clinics abroad, requesting that they destroy any of his semen they have in stock, except doses reserved for parents who already had children by him.
The ruling came after a civil case initiated by a foundation representing the interests of donor children and Dutch parents who had used the man as a donor.
They argued that the man’s continued donations violated the right to a private life of his donor children, whose ability to form romantic relationships was hindered by fears of accidental incest and inbreeding.
The man’s mass donations first came to light in 2017 when he was banned from donating to Dutch fertility clinics, where he had already fathered over 100 children.
The court’s decision now prohibits him from donating sperm to clinics anywhere in the world.
The case highlights the growing concerns over the regulation of sperm donation and the use of donor-conceived children.
Many countries have placed limits on the number of children a donor can father, but there is no international agreement on the issue.
Without such regulations, some donors have been able to father hundreds of children, leading to fears of genetic disorders and accidental incest.
The case also raises questions about the rights of donor children and their ability to access information about their biological origins.
Despite growing calls for greater transparency and the right to know one’s genetic heritage, donor anonymity is still common in many countries.
The Dutch court’s ruling to prohibit the man from donating sperm and to request the destruction of his existing samples is an essential step towards protecting the rights of donor-conceived children and their ability to form romantic relationships without fear of incest or genetic disorders.
However, the case also highlights the need for greater international regulation of sperm donation and the rights of donor children to access information about their biological origins.