Man fathers 22 children by illegally donating sperm to women he met on Facebook

A MAN has admitted to fathering 22 children after he illegally donated sperm to women he met on Facebook.
Using a pseudonym The Sun Online has chosen not to name, the Glasgow-based donor said he can be the "first resort" for women who want to have a baby, and admitted to donating to 50 women.
Speaking to the Daily Record, he said he started donating in 2013 out of a "genuine desire" to help women have a family and first considered donating legally through a clinic but was put off by the requirements needed and the right of the child to know their father's identity when they turn 18.
He then turned to Facebook, telling the paper: "If they’ve come to me, they have already reached that point where they want to go ahead, almost no matter what – their minds are made up. Most people may think that women come to me as a last resort but that’s not really the case, I’ve found I can be the first resort.
“A lot of them are not well off and so can’t afford to go to a private clinic, while others may have been knocked back by the NHS."
He said the process is "simple", as the women can arrive at a specific location near where he's based and he "hands over" the specimen.
In the UK, sperm and egg donation is regulated through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and sperm donors who go through licensed clinics have no legal rights or responsibilities to the children conceived.
But unlicensed donations outside of clinics mean sperm donors can be the legal parent of the child with legal obligations, have rights over how the child can be brought up, be named on the birth cert and can be asked to support the child financially.
It is against the law in the UK to distribute or procure sperm and eggs without a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, meaning clinics are bound by strict rules and ­guidelines where donors are rigorously tested for medical and genetic conditions and sperm is also screened and quarantined for six months to prevent any risk to the health of the mother or the unborn child.
Donors are also restricted to donating to no more than 10 ­families, to prevent children being born with very high numbers of half-siblings.
A reproductive health specialist at an IVF clinic in the Czech Republic, Dr Hana Visnova told the Daily Record "black market sperm donations" from online donors is "incredibly dangerous" putting both yourself at risk and any potential offspring, and fertility clinics are "tightly regulated to ensure the highest standards are met."