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2020

"Oli Benjamin knew from an early age that he had come into the world a little differently to most of his friends. His two mothers conceived him with a sperm donor from California in the late 1990s." (PDF)

"The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday decided claims that a sperm donor lied about his mental and criminal history led to damages in line with consumer fraud, but that 'life itself can never be an injury.'" (PDF)

"He fathered at least 36 children, but the parents didn't know he had no education and a history of hereditary mental illness." (PDF)

DNA tests are cheap and ubiquitous. For some donor-conceived people, they can unearth long-buried truths about their ancestry — and lead to unorthodox reunions. (PDF)

Fifteen years ago, a boy finding his anonymous sperm donor was a sensation. Now it's commonplace. (PDF)

Despite what sperm banks tell parents, a single sperm donor's sperm can be handed out to scores of different families, sometimes resulting in hundreds of offspring. One fear is that these offspring will meet, be drawn to each other, and develop relationships without knowing they are half-siblings. (PDF)

With little regulation in the sperm bank industry, stories of mistakes and sloppy record-keeping are growing. It’s blowing up the lives of donor-conceived children. (PDF)

A Georgia sperm bank claims no accountability for selling sperm of man with a criminal history and a diagnosis of bi-polar with schizo-affective disorder. In the end, Nahmias summed up the debate asking, “just to be clear, what you’re asserting, a sperm bank can completely misrepresent everything about the sperm itself and charge whatever amount of money based on those representations and completely lie to every customer it has - and nobody can do a thing about it?” Xytex response was under the law, yes. That’s why 38 law professors from across the United States filed their own legal analysis with the court asking justices to allow the Normans’ lawsuit, and others like it, to go to trial. In the brief, written by Georgia State University College of Law Professor Timothy Lytton, they argue, “exposing sperm banks to liability will give them a powerful incentive to exercise reasonable care in vetting donors and providing accurate information to their clients.” (PDF)

'Life-changing' sperm donor registry has connected 18,250 people with genetic relatives. (PDF)

Previous National News

2019

December: Washington Post

Does sharing a sperm donor make us family?

"Days after my son was born, I was shuffling through our apartment in my postpartum uniform of mesh underwear, a fleece-lined flannel robe and slippers, when my wife, Sam, called me over to the kitchen table. 'Look at this,' she said, turning her laptop toward me. I blinked away my exhaustion as the screen came into focus. Sam had received an invitation to join a Facebook group for families connected by one thing: the shared genes of a 6-foot-2, blue-eyed collegiate soccer player. Our sperm donor." (PDF)

Tales of sperm banks and donor-related families usually focus on the kids or the donor himself. But what about the mothers? (PDF)

"The Donor Sibling Registry connects families who use the same donor, so I’ve known about most of my half-siblings since I was two. We all live in different places, but we keep in touch over social media and in a group chat. Last January, things changed for our group. The genetic testing site 23andMe matched some of us with Donor 893." (PDF)

See the associated September 2019 Washington Post article: The children of Donor H898. "The boys are part of an autism cluster involving at least a dozen children scattered across the United States, Canada, and Europe, all conceived with sperm from the same donor. Many of the children have secondary diagnoses of ADHD, dyslexia, mood disorders, epilepsy and other developmental and learning disabilities." Read the associated lawsuit. Read the Above the Law article: Sperm Donor Linked To Autism Cluster — Scientifically Fascinating, Legally Complicated. See the CBS Chicago story: Single Sperm Donor Linked To Numerous Children With Autism, Other Disabilities.

May: Boulder Weekly

Redefining family

2018

"All Ryan Kramer had to do was to swab his cheek and embark on nine days of geneological research to identify his biological father, a man who thought he would remain anonymous when he donated his sperm and never took a DNA test himself. The year was 2005, when consumer DNA tests were in their infancy. Kramer was 15. Thirteen years later, the explosion of individual DNA test kits has opened the floodgates for people who were born from sperm or egg donations. Increasing numbers of people are using the technology to uncover the identities of their donors."

September: The Washington Post

44 siblings and counting

August: CBS This Morning

10 donor siblings who gather each year

2017

"Xytex will never have to answer questions in court regarding its decision to sell the sperm of a donor the company would later learn had a criminal record and severe mental health problems." One of the parents explains the case.

March: New York Post

How I never met your father

February: NBC News Atlanta

Sperm for sale: Fighting for change

2016

December: Harvard Law Blog

DNA: Donors Not Anonymous

"With no regulated tracking system in Canada, donor-conceived kids turn to private U.S. registry."

June: Envoyé Special on France 2

L’étonnant commerce du sperme

March: Seventeen Magazine

I Found My 16 Siblings Online

March: Daily Mail

One girl, SIXTEEN siblings

"Kacie Saxer-Taulbee, 19, was searching for her sperm-donor father. What she discovered was a huge extended family."

January: CBS Sunday Morning Show

One sperm donor's extended family

2015

"A Canadian couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank [Xytex], alleging that the donor the company provided for them is a schizophrenic with a criminal past whose photo was doctored to make him look more attractive."

2014

December: University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism

Code Unknown: Trying to connect with sperm donor through online community (Part 6)

(See Part 6 for links to Parts 1-5 of this story.)

Midwest Sperm Bank sells wrong sperm.

June: The Katie Couric Show

A teenager and her parents meet their egg donor and her two daughters for the first time! (See the full show on the DSR's Video Library page.) Very emotional and shows how important these connections can be — for all involved. Read the story in the June 5, 2014, Tennessean: Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

(written by a DSR mom)

2013

December: MTV

The compelling 6-part docu-drama Generation Cryo explored the issues faced by a new generation of kids coming of age who were conceived via anonymous sperm donors and are redefining what it means to be a family. The series documented the journey of Breeanna, a 17-year-old only child, who logged on to the Donor Sibling Registry and learned that she has at least 15 half-siblings all fathered by a man none of them know. Follow Bree’s mission to meet all of her half-brothers and sisters and their nationwide search to find their biological father. This show got stellar reviews!

Some rough cuts and out-takes from Generation Cryo:

December: WNYC Radio, The Brian Lehrer Show

Donor Siblings are Finding Ways to Connect

November: Paul Harris Radio Show

Donor Dads

November: ABC World News Tonight

Babies Born From Donor Sperm Still Big Business

November: Nov/Dec Issue of Psychology Today

A Conception Conundrum

October: WNYC Radio

Lost, Then Found

Ryan Kramer's biological father speaks publicly for the first time about being found through DNA testing.

September: The Huffington Post

Seeking My Anonymous Sperm-Donor Father

Richard Hatch connects with two offspring on the DSR.

August: The Mountain-Ear

Locals Produce Donor Sibling Series

March: DAME Magazine

Eleni Mandell and the New Family

"One sperm donor, two grandparents, two toddlers and an exboyfriend/nanny/uncle. How one single mother redefined 'family.'"

2012

June: WCCO-AM 830 in Minneapolis, MN

Jearlyn Steele Interview with Wendy Kramer

(Also watch the video version)

April: TIME Magazine

Frozen Assets

"America is the largest exporter of sperm. But what happens when all those kids grow up and decide to go looking for Daddy?"

March: People Magazine

Are Sperm Donors' Kids At Risk?

2011

December: The Doctors

DSR Video Page

November: NPR Tell Me More Radio

Fighting over Rights of Sperm Donor Babies

Wendy Kramer and Sean Tipton of the ASRM.

November: Sirius Radio

Comedian Judy Gold

(Sorry, link is broken)

November: Sirius Radio

Judith Regan Interview

(Sorry, link is broken)

(Interview with Wendy Kramer)

September: Boston Globe

Who's your daddy?

September: KUOW/NPR

Interview with Ryan Kramer

(Sorry, link is broken)

September: NY Times

One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring

September: KIRO FM News

In search of donor 1058

June: NY Post

Pro creators

February: The Surrogacy Lawyer Radio Show

Interview with Wendy Kramer (see the related blog post)

2008

December: KPFA Radio in Berkeley

(Sorry, no link)

November: Houston Press

Father Time

November: The Boston Globe

The Search for DGM 2598

October: Life Matters

Interview with Wendy Kramer

September: The Today Show

DSR video page

July

Donna Montalbano's Speaking of Adoption Radio

(Sorry, no link)

July: Cosmo Magazine

"My Dad Was a Sperm Donor"

June: KIRO, Seattle

The Ron and Don Radio Show

(Sorry, no link)

June: Newsweek

A Sperm-Biz Overhaul

May 2008: Der Speigel

Baby on Order (English pdf)

(German pdf)

April: O Magazine

The Children of Donor X

March: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Registry connects children with genetic siblings

March: Chicago Tribune

When a disease is donated

February: NY Post

Don't Bank On NYC's Bad Seed

February: Oprah

(Sorry, link is broken)

February: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Siblings from same 'dad' find each other

January: Chicago Tribune

The baby-making market

January: GQ Magazine

All My Children

2007
2006

December: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

'Donor siblings' taking advantage of chance to meet

(Sorry, link is broken)

October: Ivanhoe Broadcast News

A registry wants to unite children of sperm donors

October: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Web Site Helps Connect Sperm Bank Half-siblings

August: Leader-Telegram

Pieces of the DNA puzzle

August: PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Sperm Donor Ethics

August: CBS News/Health

Mothers Who Used Same Sperm Donor Meet

August: Boulder County Business Report

Web site finds missing pieces of biological heritage

[Please note: Ryan Kramer had not met nine half-siblings. The reporter was a little confused!]

March: CBS News/60 Minutes

Sperm Donor Siblings Find Family Ties

February: Washington Post

Multiple Single Moms, One Nameless Donor

February: The Boston Channel

Internet Connects Sperm Donors With Offspring

February: US News & World Report

Who's Your Daddy?

2005

November: Anderson Cooper Show

Search for Donor Dads

November: Washington Post

Found on the Web, With DNA: a Boy's Father

September: Augusta Chronicle

All in the family

June: Washington Post

Family Vacation

January: CBS News, The Early Show

Looking For Blood Relatives

2004

November: Denver Post

Boy Wonder

2003

July: Fox News

Who's Your Daddy?

July: CBS Evening News

Sperm Donor Meets Offspring

2002

Other International News

Argentina

Australia

April 2018: ABC Australia: Online search for sperm donor children brings three special brothers together

November 2010: Courier Mail: The dilemma of the D-Generation

July 2008: Courier Mail: Brisbane donor dad reaches out to unknown children

September 2006: The Daily Telegraph: Suffer the little children

Brazil

Canada

May 2018: Ottawa Citizen: Multibillion-dollar industry with almost no oversight: Tougher fertility regulations on the way

April 2015: Radio Canada: Author argues for regulation of sperm banks (PDF)

April 2015: CBC Radio: Interview (sorry, link is broken)

April 2015: Couple sues Georgia sperm bank, claims donor wasn’t as advertised. Couple sues Xytex: "A Canadian couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank, saying that the donor the company provided for them turned out to be a schizophrenic who has a criminal record and whose photo was doctored to make him look more attractive."

April 2015: The Toronto Star: Sperm donor shortage forces Canadians to look to U.S.

April 2015: U.S. sperm bank admits it doesn't verify donor information

September 2011: National Post: Limit pregnancies by same sperm donor: fertility experts

September 2011: The Globe and Mail: 150 half-siblings? Sperm donation creates superfamilies

September 2011: Calgary Herald: (sorry, no link)

January 2011: National Post: Are the kids all right?

January 2010: Canadian Medical Association Journal: Disclosing the identity of sperm donors

January 2010: National Post: Battle over birthright: Case raises questions about role of sperm donors in children’s lives

November 2009: ParentCentral.ca: The search for a sperm-donor father

September 2009: CFAX 1070: Dave Dickson Live Canadian Radio Interview (sorry, no link)

April 2009: Le Devoir: Lhomme aux 120 enfants

March 2009: The National: Website group is a relative success

February 2009: The Globe and Mail: Contact with donor siblings a good experience for most families

November 2008: The Globe and Mail: Sperm shortage possible after landmark decision

October 2008: Radio Canada: Interview (sorry, no link)

November 2007: The Globe and Mail: Daddy's been a busy boy

November 2007: CBC Radio: Brave New Family

July 2007: The Globe and Mail: Who's your donor?

June 2007: La Presse: Je Pense Que Je Suis Votre Fille  (Partial English translation: Father of 26 Living Children) 

December 2005: The Gazette: Offspring wonder: Who's our daddy?

June 2005: The Globe and Mail: Donor conception: Who's my Daddy?

April 2005: Toronto Star: Are You My Father?

March 2004: The Ottawa Citizen: Website Tracks Sperm-Donor Dads

Chile

September 2011: Las Últimas Noticias: Los problemas que trae tener 150 hermanos del mismo papá

China

September 2011: Xinhuanet: Concerns arise over sperm donors [Unfortunately, the Chinese started a trend as other countries began reporting that Ryan Kramer has 150 half-siblings.]

July 2008: Voice of America (VOA ) Mandarin Service: "We are a radio broadcasting service funded by the federal government with a listening audience in the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia." (sorry, no link)

Columbia

Denmark

July 2015: Nationalt: Marcus-sag sår tvivl om sikkerhed ved fertilitetsbehandling. Article from Denmark about sperm mix-ups.

France

June 2016: Envoyé Special on France 2: L’étonnant commerce du sperme

September 2011: Le Figaro: Lincroyable descendance des donneurs de sperme aux USA

September 2011: Atlantico: Un donneur de sperme, 150 enfants

Germany

March 2016: The Big Saturdays Documentation: VORSCHAU-LINK (sorry, link is broken)

February 2015: Der Spiegel: Die genetische Sehnsucht (Rough English translation: The Genetic Desire)

September 2011: Heise: 150 unverhoffte Halb-Geschwister

February 2010: GQ Magazine: Vater Werden Ist Nicht Schwer

August 2008: Faz.net: Der Vater

May 2008: Der Speigel: Baby on order (English PDF) (German pdf

India

Israel

Italy

Japan

November 2020: NewsPicks:  【実話】天才児と母がたどった「父」探し、13年の全記録  (Loose translation: True Story: Genius Child and Mother Search for "Father")

June 2014: The Asahi Shimbun Globe: REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE: The difficult search for roots and long-lost relatives (Japanese PDF) (English PDF)

Korea

Mexico

June 2017: Cambio Magazine: Papás a la carta

May 2017: Cambio Magazine: Solteras sí… solas no

New Zealand

September 2011: TopNews: Large Number of Siblings Due to a Single Sperm Donor (sorry, link is broken)

Spain

Sweden

April 2011: Svenska Dagbladet: Ryan hittade sex nya halvsyskon på nätet

Switzerland

July 2018: Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Some have Excel spreadsheets (English PDF)

September 2011: Tio: Un donatore di sperma ha 150 figli, scoppia la polemica

2008: Swiss Public Radio: DRS 2 in Basel: (Audio)

Turkey

United Kingdom

October 2019: BBC: Chelmsford fertility clinic gave woman the wrong sperm
"The error was highlighted as part of an HFEA report which showed that mistakes are rare — affecting less than 1% of fertility treatment cycles — but have risen by 6% in the last year and 18% in three years."

August 2019: BBC: My very extended family

October 2016: London Times: Looking for a Sperm Donor?

August 2016: BBC Mundo: "Soy hija única pero tengo 5 hermanos": los hijos de donantes de esperma que buscan sus raíces en internet (English Version: "I'm an only child but I have 5 brothers and sisters": The children of sperm donors seeking their roots on the internet)

November 2015: Daily Mail: Girl discovers she has 47 half-siblings from sperm donor father — and gathers many for a 'family reunion' after they found each other online

May 2015: BBC: Victoria Derbyshire Show: The donor-conceived siblings connecting across the world

March 2015: London Times: Sperm donation, a lucrative and growing industry

March 2015: World Magazine: Regulating the 'marketplace of children'

January 2015: The Mirror: Sperm donor dad meets his kids for first time in heartwarming video after they tracked him down online

January 2015: Daily Mail: They've all turned out to be really quite remarkable children: Sperm donor meets kids he has fathered during family gathering

June 2013: The Hairpin: Interview with a Woman Who Had Two Kids by Anonymous Sperm Donor

February 2013: Mail Online: Sperm donor mum tracks down her son’s ‘global family’ as she goes online to find six-year-olds 11 lookalike siblings

February 2013: BBC News: Should sperm donors have parental duties?

September 2011: BBC: Interview with Donor Ben (sorry, link is broken)

September 2011: BBC: Interview with Ryan Kramer and Baroness Mary Warnock [Mary Warnock wrote the rules limiting sperm donation in Britain. Skip to minute 37.]

September 2011: Daily Mirror: Two sets of twins 2,000 miles apart with the same sperm donor in common meet up

September 2011: Daily Mail: Sperm donor revealed to father 150 children as fears grow for spread of disease and incest

August 2011: BioNews: What the kids really want

July 2011: Daily Mail: Sperm donors 24 kids never told about his fatal, genetic illness

June 2011: BioNews: The birth of donor offspring rights in the USA?

August 2010: The London Times: Are you my sister?

November 2009: BioNews: Sperm donor screening needs to be overhauled

October 2009: BioNews: Lawsuit against US clinic reignites sperm donor debate

April 2009: BBC Radio 4 Documentary: Who's my half-brother? Where's my half-sister?

January 2009: BioNews: Egg donors need long-term follow-up: Recommendationsfrom a retrospective study of oocyte donors in the US

October 2008: The London Times: Our boys share a sperm-donor father

September 2008: BBC Documentaries: The 66 Club (Audio

September 2008: The Daily Mail: Six children, four mothers — and one father none of them has met. Meet the family of Donor 66

September 2008: The Telegraph: Lifeclass: should parents tell a donor child about their true origins?

July 2008: BBC News: Tell donor children early In life [Coverage of our paper presented at the ESHRE meeting. See the DSR Research page for a complete PDF of the talk.]

June 2008: London Free Press: 'It's a human right to know' your father

January 2008: The London Times: Children cheated of an identity

February 2007: The London Times: Meet sperm donor No 150, your daddy

March 2006: The London Times: Hi there, I’m your sperm donor sis

January 2006: Guardian: Who's the daddy?

Audio

May 2020: Fruitful Fertility Video Podcast: The Scoop on Using Donors

October 2019: Podcast with Wendy Kramer: There's No Such Thing As Anonymous Sperm Donation

May 2019: Family: Where YOU Come From. Wendy and Ryan Kramer's interviews start right after 8 minutes and go through the end, at 43 minutes. The conversations, mostly with Ryan, include information about childhood curiosity, the beginning of the DSR, DNA testing, finding Ryan's biological father, terminology, defining family, non-biological parent, infertility, nature/nurture, anonymity, and making new family connections.

January 2019: XRAY Radio: Interview with Wendy Kramer, CEO and Co-Founder of the Donor Sibling Registry (starts at 1:15:00)

March 2016: WERS Radio: The Odd & Modern Process For Meeting Your Sperm Donor Siblings

April 2015: Radio Canada: Author argues for regulation of sperm banks (PDF)

April 2015: CBC Radio: Interview (sorry, link is broken)

December 2013: WNYC Radio: The Brian Lehrer Show: Donor Siblings are Finding Ways to Connect

October 2013: WNYC Radio: Lost, Then Found. Ryan Kramer's biological father speaks publicly for the first time about being found through DNA testing.

August 2013: Cosozo Radio: Donor Siblings (sorry, link is broken)

June 2012: WCCO-AM 830 in Minneapolis, MN: Interview with Jearlyn Steele

November 2011: NPR Tell Me More Radio: Fighting Over Rights of Sperm Donor Babies (Sean Tipton of the ASRM and Wendy Kramer)

November 2011: Sirius Radio: comedian Judy Gold (sorry, link is broken)

November 2011: Sirius Radio: Judith Regan Interview (sorry, link is broken)

October 2011: Colorado Public Radio: Donor Unknown: One Girl's Quest to Find Her Father (Interview with Wendy Kramer) (Audio)

September 2011: NPR: A New Openness For Donor Kids About Their Biology (Audio)

September 2011: KUOW/NPR: Interview with Ryan Kramer (sorry, link is broken)

September 2011: KIRO FM News: In search of donor 1058

September 2011: BBC: Interview with Donor Ben (sorry, link is broken)

September 2011: BBC: Interview with Ryan Kramer and Baroness Mary Warnock [Mary Warnock wrote the rules limiting sperm donation in Britain. Skip to minute 37.]

August 2010: Happenings: Interview with Wendy Kramer

April 2009: Choice Moms podcast: Ryan Kramer: Finding half-siblings and donors

March 2009 and February 2009: NPR's All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation: Donor-Conceived Kids Connect With Half Siblings (Audio)

October 2008: Life Matters: Interview with Wendy Kramer

September 2008: BBC Documentaries: The 66 Club (Audio)

February 2008: WOR Radio Joan Hamburg Show: Donor's Medical History is Crucial Component to Child's Health (sorry, audio link is broken)

2008: Swiss Public Radio: DRS 2 in Basel: (Audio)

 


 

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