I just watched a fascinating show on the Style network. I had never heard of it, but when I read the little info bit on my tv menu about it, I thought it might be interesting. It's called, "Sperm Donor: 74 Kids and More."
"Ben, a former sperm donor, journeys to meet over 70 children his donations have created." I didn't know what I expected, but it wasn't what I got. I think I expected a sort of weirdo, in a way. Like, who donates sperm that much and why? But it turns out that Ben is a handsome lawyer in Boston who donated during his law school days. A few years after his donations, he found out about a website that basically connects donors to children (or their parents) who wish to know who their anonymous fathers are. It also connects siblings of a donor. He signed up. They also showed two of his biological daughters (both over 18) meeting in person for the first time. They looked so much alike! They seemed to instantly bond.
I actually think Ben is a really likable guy. Now, he's engaged. And his fiance has issues with the fact that he wants to meet, and has met, some of the children. He isn't trying to form relationships with his biological children, but thinks if the opportunity to meet them, even just once, comes then he should take that opportunity. He also told his good friend about it over a few beers. His friend's reaction was hilarious. He thought it was awesome that Ben has 74 kids. It went something like this: "You have a whole team! No! You have, like, a whole league!" Maybe it was the beer talking, but it was pretty funny.
I have to wonder, can Ben be legally bound to be financially supportive of his children? I don't know much about this kind of law, maybe some of you know. And if you were his fiance, how would you feel if you found out about it? By the end of the episode, it seemed like she was questioning the whole engagement over this issue. It was a very interesting show.