National newspaper AD reports that in the past 18 months dozens of women have become the victims of a sperm donor who hid the fact that he is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, a hereditary autistic disorder.
The 30-year-old from Rotterdam has fathered at least 22 children, some of whom are showing symptoms of autism. Children suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome have an increased risk of psychological problems. The mothers only found about the donor’s true identity in the past month. The man, who also hid the fact that he has been treated for depression, is still active as a donor.
Interest groups say women go looking for sperm donors on the internet mainly because of the long waiting periods at official sperm banks and the high prices they charge for their mediation. Waiting periods vary from six months to two years; prices are usually between 500 and 1,000 euros. The long waiting lists have also led hospitals to give preferential treatment to heterosexual couples. As a result, many single women and lesbian couples find it is much faster and cheaper to find sperm donors via the internet.
There is a perceived added value in that the women get to meet the potential donor, but the risks are also considerably higher. Some of the unofficial donors are reportedly only after sex or out to have as many donor children as possible.
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