Thursday, September 8, 2011

"What does family mean to these children?" Sperm Donor Keeps Track of His Children "on an Excel spreadsheet"

So reports the New York Times in a story published on Tuesday. It's more insanity brought to us courtesy of the culture of death:

"One Sperm Donor, 150 Sons and Daughters"

Cynthia Daily and her partner used a sperm donor to conceive a baby seven years ago, and they hoped that one day their son would get to know some of his half siblings — an extended family of sorts for modern times.

So Ms. Daily searched a Web-based registry for other children fathered by the same donor and helped to create an online group to track them. Over the years, she watched the number of children in her son’s group grow.

And grow.

Today there are 150 children, all conceived with sperm from one donor, in this group of half siblings, and more are on the way.... "

The article then highlights the genetic dangers of having, unknowingly so many brothers and sisters. It continues:

"Ms. Kramer, the registry’s founder, said that one sperm donor on her site learned that he had 70 children. He now keeps track of them all on an Excel spreadsheet. 'Every once in a while he gets a new kid or twins,' she said. 'It’s overwhelming, and not what he signed up for. He was promised low numbers of children.'"

The Times then considers the effects this has on the children, and asks "What does family mean to these children?"

"Experts are not certain what it means to a child to discover that he or she is but one of 50 children — or even more. 'Experts don’t talk about this when they counsel people dealing with infertility,' Ms. Kramer said. 'How do you make connections with so many siblings? What does family mean to these children?'”

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