Suppose you were a conservative U.S. politician who ran for governor of Alabama in 2009 on a Christian platform opposing same-sex marriage. Suppose you then sought out lesbian couples to act as their sperm donor. Wait. What?
Apparently, Bill Johnson found it possible to behave in this contradictory fashion. After he lost his bid for governor, he went to work with disaster recovery company and did post-earthquake work in Haiti and New Zealand. In New Zealand, he added sperm donor to his resume. The New Zealand Herald reports (Dec. 11, 2011) that his donations have led to 3 confirmed pregnancies, that he has donated sperm to 3 more women, and at least one other is lined up for a donation. He has sought out same-sex couples as recipients of his sperm by relying on various donor registries.
|Former gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson (l) and his wife (r), a two-time Mrs. American finalist||.|
Johnson told the Herald reporter that he “the urge to become a biological father was ‘a need that I have’.” “I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world. When I married her I knew we couldn't have any more children. She had a hysterectomy 10 years ago.” "Every person who is a father and a mother knows why I am doing this. If life's circumstances had dealt me a different hand I wouldn't be doing this. It is not the hand that life has dealt my wife.” "Reproduction and having children is as basic a human need as eating." He had nothing to say about why he sought out lesbian couples as recipients.
The Herald also reported that Johnson’s wife – back home in the United States – was unaware of his sperm donations. The report also discussed how Johnson’s actions violated professional advisories and perhaps the law in regard to limiting sperm donation to no more than four families.
The full story is at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772398