Meet 41-year-old Dutch musician with 550 children
A serial sperm donor, currently living in Kenya, who has fathered 550 children is being sued amid accusations his prolific donations increase the risk of accidental incest. According to The Telegraph, the Netherlands’ Donorkind Foundation is taking Jonathan Jacob Meijer to court to stop him from donating sperm and accuses him of lying about the number of children he has fathered.
It quoted Donorking as saying that Mr. Meijer, 41, a musician from The Hague, is on a Dutch donation blacklist but has continued to donate abroad, including in Denmark and Ukraine. The 41-year-old is said to have also approached prospective parents looking for home insemination online and on social media and has shown no signs of changing his behaviour. Mr. Meijer sometimes used the alias Ruud, when offering to be a sperm donor, the Netherlands’ AD newspaper said.
Quoting the Dutch sperm clinic guidelines, The Telegraph also reported that donors should donate a maximum of 25 children or 12 women to prevent inbreeding, incest, or psychological problems for donor children.
It added the civil case is being brought by a Dutch mother of one of Mr. Meijer’s children, who has been named only as Eva and had the child in 2018.
‘If I had known he had already fathered more than 100 children I would never have chosen him,’ she said.
‘If I think about the consequences this could have for my child I am sick to my stomach.’
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Donorkind wants the court to order Mr. Meijer to stop donating and to find out which clinics he has donated to.
It also wants all his sperm in storage to be destroyed unless it is reserved for a woman who already has one of his children.
“We are taking action against this man because the government is doing nothing,” Donorkind foundation chairman Ties van der Meer said.
“He has a global reach via the internet and he does business with large, international sperm banks.”
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He refused to comment when questioned by AD and Dutch broadcaster NOS.
The Dutch gynecologists’ association NVOG raised the alarm about Mr. Meijer in 2017 after it emerged he had fathered at least 102 children through ten different clinics in the Netherlands.
Last year, Donorkind said it had identified ten doctors who had illegally used their own sperm to create children in the Netherlands, which is working on a central register of sperm donors.
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