Conservative US politician secretly donates sperms to NZ lesbians
A conservative US politician has liberally donated his sperm to a number of women in New Zealand without telling his wife or fertility doctors.
Bill Johnson, who unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Alabama in 2009, has spent most of 2011 in Christchurch for work purposes.
He used the persona ''chchbill'' on online donor registries to meet women wishing to get pregnant.
Johnson discussed making donations to at least nine women, and three are now pregnant, while he has also assisted a further three with donations in the past month.
That has sparked concern among fertility medicine specialists, who say donors should not make sperm available to more than four families, to prevent accidental incest and lessen the stress donors and children face if they meet.
According to New Zealand's Herald, Johnson believes he has stayed inside the limit, the Age reported.
But he admitted some of the women were unaware of his other donations.
He said he was unable to have children with his wife, Kathy, who remains in the US.
While she knew he wanted to be a sperm donor, she was unaware of the pregnancies and he wasn't planning to tell her until the children were born.
The women he donated sperm to included a number of lesbian couples - despite him campaigning on a conservative Christian platform that opposed gay marriage.