40 years later, he's left to deal with any fallout on his own.
When sperm-donor children come calling
Ian Morrison donated his semen mostly because his then-girlfriend, a biology student, suggested it. She came to regret this: the week-long sex ban before each donation was a disaster for their agile early-20s love life. But something else was driving Morrison – a basic desire to help infertile couples have children.
It was 1976, and Morrison was a 21-year-old dream donor: his sperm were numerous and talented swimmers. Melbourne's Queen Victoria clinic asked him for three batches of donations under the promise of perpetual anonymity. No one would know his identity, and he agreed never to track down any offspring or their parents.
Morrison went on to have a son and daughter with his wife (not the biology student; the sex bans killed that relationship) and run several successful cleaning businesses. Freshly divorced, he now lives in his "man cave" – a factory in Melbourne's bayside suburbs – alongside his vintage motorbike collection.
Then, last year, through a television show, he discovered his anonymity as a sperm donor was about to be destroyed by one of the world's most far-reaching reforms to how donor-conceived people are treated under the law. "I was just stunned," he says. "Absolutely stunned."
tl;dr -- Another derp about to be punished for not keeping his goo-shooter holstered.
Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring
A wealthy sperm donor who has more than 24 children is pleading with the Victorian government to keep his identity secret because he fears his offspring will want to contact him and establish relationships. (Yeah, relationships with his wallet. ~Teal )
The sperm donor is threatening legal action over the government's controversial plan to release the personal details of men who donated sperm anonymously in the 1980s and 1990s, regardless of whether they consent.
The senior academic told Fairfax Media his greatest fear is that two dozen young adults could start arriving on the doorstep of his home in an affluent Melbourne suburb seeking a father figure, or money.
"I'm not massively rich, but I've made a few bob along the way. I don't want them thinking 'Ooh, look at this guy living in a big house... with a Mercedes in his driveway'," he said.
"When you think about it, anyone who contacts you is going to have a problem.... If I have that many kids, what is the chance of having one who is disabled?"
The man, now aged in his 60s, donated sperm on dozens of occasions in the 1980s because he and his wife felt sorry for infertile couples.
(Not sorry enough to share funds with the "results", though? ~Teal )
They have not told their own adult children about it and he recently learnt his sperm had produced more than 20 children for 12 families.
(Just wait until they recalculate their inheritance. ~Teal )
Lesson: Pre-faptial agreements hold up even less well than prenuptial ones. Class dismissed.