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Court stops semen donor after fathering 550 children

Jonathan M at court. Photo: theguardian.com

A sperm donor alleged to have fathered more than 550 children has been ordered to desist from donations.

Dutch judges gave the order in the case which is the latest fertility scandal in the Netherlands.

The man, identified in the media as Jonathan M, 41, was sued by a foundation protecting the rights of donor children and by a woman who has a child allegedly fathered from his sperm.

The Dutch clinical regulation says a donor is not to father more than 25 children in 12 families, but according to judges, Jonathan was said to produce between 550 and 600 children since he started donating sperm in 2007.

The court therefore prohibits the defendant from donating his semen to new prospective parents after the issuing of this judgment, judge Thera Hesselink said on Friday.

Jonathan is also not permitted to contact prospective parents with the wish that he was willing to donate semen … advertise his services to prospective parents or join any organization that establishes contact between prospective parents”, Hesselink said in a written judgment.

If Jonathan continue with his donations, he would face a €100,000 (£88,000) fine for each transgression, as well as additional fines, the judge ordered.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare