- Nov 19, 2017
- 89d 41m
One man, hundreds of children and a burning question: Why?
In 2015, Vanessa van Ewijk, a carpenter in the Netherlands, decided that she wanted to have a child. She was 34 and single, and so, like many women, she sought out a sperm donor.
She considered conceiving through a fertility clinic, but the cost was prohibitive for her. Instead, she found an ideal candidate through a website called Desire for a Child, one of a growing number of online sperm markets that match candidate donors directly with potential recipients. Ms. van Ewijk was drawn to one profile in particular, that of Jonathan Jacob Meijer, a Dutch musician in his 30s.
Mr. Meijer was handsome, with blue eyes and a mane of curly blond hair.
Meanwhile the roastie in question:
Furious, Ms. van Ewijk confronted Mr. Meijer. He admitted that he had produced at least 175 children and conceded that there might be more.
The author of this article is puzzled why some sperm donors are able to have so many children. It's almost like all women choose the same Chad donors