America’s unregulated sperm bank industry has no set quota about how many times the sperm of a single donor can be used. In other words, one guy can father more than 150 children…and has.
Imagine having more than 100 half-siblings. The chances that you might date your half-brother one day are high enough to keep you awake at night. “My daughter knows her donor’s number for that very reason,” a mom of a California teenager conceived by sperm donation told the NY Times.
Signing a child up with DonorSiblingRegistry.com couldn’t hurt, either, since less than 40% of mothers notify the sperm bank when a child is born. Over-insemination is unfair to the child, the mother and the donor father, too.
One donor uses the registry and an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of his 70+ kids; he’d been promised that his sperm would produce just a few offspring. ABC News spoke with a man who was told by the sperm bank, “You’ve got too many kids locally, and we can only use your sperm if someone orders it from out of state.”
Many other countries, including Britain, France and Sweden, enforce rules that stop any attempt to stretch sperm beyond logical limits. Best comment is from the author of The Baby Business: “We have more rules that go into place when you buy a used car than when you buy sperm.”
If you’re a NotMom considering taking the situation into your own hands, so to speak, even with children and sperm, Buyer Beware!