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Sperm Bank Sued After Donor Details Emerge 7 Years Later

From the article:

He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot.

That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.

Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor’s name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

Beside the obvious problems… like schizophrenia, criminal activity, etc…

I wonder…will their child think that two women are capable of conceiving a child together? To me that’s a reasonable question and a confusing one for a child. Then there’s the problem of  discovering that they can’t, of course. And no matter how acceptable that it is in society to have two parent’s of the same sex, the child will still be labeled as “different”.

Then on to the question, “Then, who IS my father?” The child is told “donor 9623”.  My father is a number? For most children with the exception of the one in this article they will never know who their father is.

Future tense, their child…as an adult may then need to know who the father of any perspective mate is, right? As far as I know it still isn’t legal to marry a sibling. And hopefully…never is.

With sixty or, more…potential siblings  floating around…let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.

This is a mess…big time. And not just in this instance.

Also from the article:

Xytex set its own maximum at 60 families reporting births from the same donor.


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Posted April 21, 2015 by Sue Says in category In the News

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