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« on: April 14, 2014, 04:56:09 AM »

This is one of the main reasons why I said any attempt to get people and clinics to adhere to register or keep records or whatever is not viable. DNA testing is the only way we have at the moment to find out our family lines. This is the kind of thing that makes all the donor conceived legislation in the world pointless.

Article excerpts below posted from the NY Post site as it was longer

By day, Ed Houben is a mild-mannered, 44-year-old bachelor who works as a tour guide in the Dutch town of Maastricht, where he lives.

On nights and weekends, however, Houben comes alive as his alter ego: Europe's most prolific sperm donor, and one who prefers to contribute the old-fashioned way.

"Sperm cells are like candy at Mardi Gras," Houben says. "The more you throw out, the better you get."

Houben says he has 99 known children scattered around the globe. "I have children in Australia, Israel, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, England," he says. "There are also the possibles" - the women he had sex with whom he never heard from again.


Eleven years later, he took the plunge, calling the sperm bank at the Academic Hospital in Maastricht. There, Houben says, he was under the care of Dr. Gerard Dunselman. (The doctor did not comment for this story, but still works in the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynecology.) From 1999 to 2005, Houben says, he donated 25 times, all anonymously.

"They specifically asked me not to tell, and I began to hate that more and more," Houben says. When he hit his maximum at the hospital, he began going to other clinics in the Netherlands. He did not worry about the potential ramifications.

"The doctor and I were becoming pretty good friends, and I said, 'Do I need to stop? Is there some kind of genetic danger here?'?" Houben says the doctor assured him that with a population of 15 million, he could safely father 500 children in the Netherlands alone.

In 2002, he became an independent contractor of sorts. Houben started a Web site, posted all his STD test results, and began accepting requests from women all over the world.


Still, like Michigan's Kirk Maxey, who fathered 400 children, and an unnamed Virginia man who spawned more than 129, all through sperm banks, Houben is free to keep plugging away. There are still no governmental regulations, in the United States or Europe, placing limits on sperm donation.

Following a recent BBC interview, Houben says he has received 72 requests in the past month - but he won't accept just any woman.


"I do it because I know how hard it is for people who desperately want a child," Houben said.

Houben says having sex with him is not required, but he insists it's the most advisable. "On average with me, artificial insemination takes one to 12 months, but the natural way takes one to three cycles." In the beginning, he says, it was the women who would ask to sleep with him.

"Of the 12 women who had a doctor title - and, OK, one was a doctor of philosophy - almost all chose the natural method," he says. "They're working all day with syringes and petri dishes - that's the job. And this is their personal life."

Houben charges no money for his services, partly because it's illegal to buy and sell human material in the Netherlands and partly because he sees himself as a true humanitarian.

"I could have joined the Peace Corps," he says. "But I stumbled into this."


Houben has no legal documents drawn up. He feels protected enough by Dutch law and the quality of people he has chosen to help. He visits with some of his children and leaves how much contact - if any - always up to the parents. He does not think there will be any fallout from his continuing work. In fact, he says he's doing would-be mothers around the world a service.

"I get e-mails from Turkish men, Indonesian men saying that if I have too many women, they'd like to help," Houben says. "If I stop, I have to leave the women to these guys."

It's quite the quandary: "I cannot help everybody," he says. "I cannot solve all the problems in the world."

NYU's Dr. Alukal, for one, wishes Houben would stop trying.

"If someone reading this were to think, 'I'm going to fly to the Netherlands and meet this man and have sex with him to have a baby,' I would say, clear as day, 'This is not a bright idea.'"

Donor conceived adult from Perth, Western Australia. Searching for a donor who donated to Dr Colin Douglas-Smith in 1976.
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