More Ethical Questions Raised After “Bachelorette” Contestant Says He Has Fathered 114 Children by Donating Sperm

“The Bachelorette” contestant Matteo Valles

A contestant on a reality TV show has claimed he donated sperm that resulted in the creation of over 100 children, something that actual donor-conceived children lament given the issues that are rarely discussed.

Matteo Valles, a 25 year old management consultant from Atlanta, Georgia, who is one of 30 contestants starring in the 15th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” lists on his biography that he has successfully been “a sperm donor who has helped create 114 children for all types of families.”

If his assertion is not a boast and is indeed true, he is “starving his children as the father in their lives in addition to robbing them of contact with each other from birth,” said Katy Doran, a donor-conceived woman, in a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post.

“None of these relationships or essential times in their lives can be made up for by the time he may be ready to meet them,” she added.

Doran is now an advocate for donor-conceived persons and the operations manager for CanaVox.

Although sperm donation has historically been shrouded in secrecy it has become more openly discussed in recent times. Such secrecy is becoming harder to maintain in light of the growing presence of DNA tests and online registries that have revealed cases in which single sperm donors have produced dozens of children, The Atlantic noted Monday. And the sperm-donation industry is largely unregulated in the United States. The precise number of donor-conceived children born each year in the U.S. is not known.

Among the moral quandaries The Atlantic piece explored were: “What if you have a donor who’s passing on something they don’t test for?” and “How many children is too many for a single donor?”

The questions that ought to be asked, Doran said, expressing disgust with The Atlantic’s lens on the issue, include: “What is [the fertility industry] doing to this man?” And, “How will being conceived this way affect his children?”

Ethical questions about donor-conceived persons related to what might be passed down genetically that their donor fathers did not test for, “treat us like we’re dangers to the environment and not the worthy human beings we are,” she said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter