Why sperm donor clinics should be shut down

600 Brits may have the same dad
3 News 11 April 2012
The founder of a British fertility clinic, whose work was once compared to ‘Beelzebub’, may have fathered up to 600 children. Bertold Wiesner, a biologist, ran the London-based clinic from 1943 until the mid-1960s. Around 1500 babies were conceived, and tests suggest several hundred of them could have been from sperm donated by Dr Wiesner himself. Barrister David Gollancz found out he was born from a sperm donor in 1965, and only found out decades later Dr Wiesner was his biological father. He has since been in contact with 11 half-siblings, including Barry Stevens, whose research into the clinic suggests Dr Wiesner fathered as many as 600, reports the Daily Mail.


2 comments for “Why sperm donor clinics should be shut down

  1. rob harley
    11 April 2012 at 1:51 am

    So one man behaves badly, and we should tell the tens of thousands of families who have had children through sperm donation that their existence is invalid?

    Families where kids are loved, and the pain of infertility has been allieviated?

    Weekend Herald had a powerful story about a crusading Kiwi journalist born as a result of a sperm donation, who has done enormous good in exposing the horrors of what is happening in Darfur.

    Come on Bob, you can’t solve every complex situation by burying the world in posts and press releases.

  2. Bob
    11 April 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Anonymous sperm donors deny children the right to know their father. There’s a good documentary called “anonymous fathers day” where sperm donor people tell their story of ‘loss’

    But I think you may be referring to surrogacy as opposed to unknown sperm donors


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