Anti-Gay Pol Donates Sperm to Lesbians

Anti-Gay Pol Donates Sperm to Lesbians December 19, 2011

Allow me to tempt the fates by pronouncing that this has to be the weirdest story you’ll read all week. All month. Maybe all year — even in an election year. A guy who ran for the Republican nomination to be governor of Alabama on a religious right, anti-gay platform has been donating sperm to several lesbian women in New Zealand — without telling his wife.

A conservative Christian politician has a secret life as a sperm donor for lesbian couples – even though he has campaigned against gay marriage.

American politician Bill Johnson has spent most of this year in Christchurch helping run the earthquake recovery, all the while using the online persona “chchbill” to meet women who want help to get pregnant.

Under that persona, he has discussed making donations to at least nine women without the knowledge of his family in the US.

Three of the women are now pregnant, and Johnson has assisted another three with donations in the past month. It is believed he has been in communication with at least another three women to discuss sperm donation.

Several of the women are in same-sex relationships. And he explains why he did it:

The Herald on Sunday approached Johnson on Thursday at a restaurant in Christchurch where he had just finished dining with one of the women he had successfully impregnated.

He said 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.

“There is nothing my wife would want to give me more in the world than a child of my own.” …

Asked if his wife knew he was donating sperm, he said: “She does now.”

He said she did not know of any of the pregnancies. He said he had not planned on telling her until the children were born.

“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.”

His wife seems to disagree:

“This is a really, really difficult time for our family,” Kathy Johnson said in an email to the Press-Register. “I’m still in disbelief and very hurt, and our family has a lot of healing to do.”

This should end well.


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  • davidct

    Why is it that these wingnuts seem to have a perpetual need for family healing. One would think that a god based morality system would avoid these situation. After all if you screw up you go to HELL.

  • Didaktylos

    Wow – Republican politician openly acknowledges he’s a wanker …

  • Gregory

    @davidct #1 – Ah, but when you screw up then and admit you have screwed up, all is forgiven. You can engage in gross hypocricy, even horrific crimes, and receive a “Get Out Of Hell Free” card as long as you repent. Who needs morality when God is such a push-over?

  • d cwilson

    My first that was that maybe he just likes to jerk it to the thought of HLA.

  • I won’t ask how he planted the seeds or sowed his oats… but I wonder if the women knew that he is married and that his wife was not aware of his answering ‘the urge to become a biological father’.

    Nor will I assume that he is being honest. He is after all a right-wing Republican.

    If news of his statements reach New Zealand there might be a rush to abortion clinics.

  • raven

    Oh Cthulhu. The guy is a vaguely humanoid toad and a christofascist. Not that there is much difference.

    Who in the hell would want his sperm? It’s not like there is any shortage of humanoid toads.

    Those women in New Zealand should sue him for fraud. Being a sperm donor while pretending to be human.

    I must be out of touch with what is going on in New Zealand. Don’t they have any guys of their own who qualify as worthwhile humans to donate sperm?

    “This is a really, really difficult time for our family,” Kathy Johnson said in an email to the Press-Register. “I’m still in disbelief and very hurt, and our family has a lot of healing to do.”

    She has my sympathy. Must be a trial to be married to a toad. Oh well, it is just Alabama, part of toadhaven.

  • d cwilson: no, he only thought of Jesus the whole time; so that makes it okay.

    If he had talked it oever with his wife in advance, and she had agreed to this, I’d consider it acceptible, if a bit wierd. But the way he did it, he’s just being a pointlessly selfish asshole.

    I’m willing to bet he’ll be suing for custody and/or visitation rights as son as “his” babies are born. Fathers’ rights, lesbian marriage isn’t valid, lezbos are unfit mothers, blah blah blah, whatever it takes to further his basic animal instinct — oops, I meant God-given mandate — to be a daddy and take full posession of what God granted to HIM, not to some perverted heathen harlots who probably won’t be teaching “his” children about Jesus and the Bible.

    I notice today’s targeted ad is for NWcryobank.com, with a button saying “Click to View Donors.” That’s hilarious, but it’s also creepy, so I won’t be viewing their donors, thankyouverymuch…

  • Seems to me like a creepy way of having an affair. Which is what you might expect from a repressed moralist — doing it in a way that gives some of the thrill (‘cuz it’s not just about the sex, it’s also about getting a child on a woman — more than a whiff of patriarchy there), but strictly speaking doesn’t break the rules.

  • raven

    A guy who ran for the Republican nomination to be governor of Alabama on a religious right, anti-gay platform has been donating sperm to several lesbian women in New Zealand — without telling his wife.

    Well, no big deal. It means he has gotten the fundie xian Hypocrisy sacrament out of the way.

    The lie and hate sacraments were already taken care of.

    PS I’m going to have to say it. Didn’t any of these women do a background check on this guy? They could have found out a lot with just a google search.

    Cthulhu, it looks like some people spend more time picking out a refrigerator than they do picking out the father of their children.

  • slc1

    I find some aspects of this story rather interesting. Apparently, the procedures in New Zealand differ considerably from those here. As I understand it, in the US, generally, the identity of the donor is not revealed to the woman, nor is the donor informed as to who the recipient(s) of his sperm are. It’s all done anonymously.

  • Michael Heath

    I think the most interesting and unanswered question here is whether this guy knew whether the donees were in lesbian relationships rather than a heterosexual one prior to making a donation. That would really amp up the hypocrisy.

  • Maybe he hoped the children that ensued from his donations would grow up to be Gwad fearin men and women who would set their lezbo parents straight.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    without telling his wife.

    I don’t find that part surprising at all.

  • heironymous

    I read this before. Why would any self-respecting New Zealand lesbian want _his_ sperm? Did they not know who he was or what he stood for? Maybe they’re doing some kind of Nature vs. Nurture experiment.

  • Mr Ed

    Why would any self-respecting New Zealand lesbian want _his_ sperm?

    So they can take his offspring and raise them tolerant.

  • And now I see the NWCryoBank ad features a lesbian couple thanking them for their services. It just gets creepier and creepier.

  • He said the urge to become a biological father was “a need that I have”.

    “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.”

    At the risk of stating the obvious, this shit makes no sense. If you want to have a biological child so that your kids look like you, that’s perfectly understandable. But the whole point of being a sperm donor is that it’s not your child. Someone else gets to raise it, and you have no legal rights. You have, at best, the satisfaction (if it can be called that) of knowing that there’s a kid out there with 1/2 your DNA.

    Human beings are wired to love sex and to love children, not to consciously want to spread their seed (there are still primitive cultures that don’t understand how babies are made). What he is basically putting forth here is a Darwinian argument that he needs to spread his DNA to future generations, even if he gets none of the actual joys of parenthood. That’s rather ironic coming from a right-wing “family values” guy.

  • ArtK

    C’mon, let’s be fair to the guy. He’s a good fundy so he has to obey the “be fruitful and multiply” order. He’s better than most of the fundies in that he also wants to obey the “divorce is bad” and “adultery is bad” orders. He can’t have concubines, so this is the (almost) ideal solution.

    The only problem for him is that his wife seems to disagree that this isn’t having an affair, but that’s just semantics.

    (As an aside, can anyone explain where that odious phrase “that’s just semantics” came from? I’ve never understood how something can be dismissed as “just” semantics — semantics are fundamental, so a disagreement in semantics is pretty serious.)

    @Area Man

    “Family values” tend to stop when the baby is born, in the fundy mindset. For these guys, “family values” boils down to: man + woman = many pregnancies carried to term.

  • Anri

    Poor guy – having to store his quivers on a different hemishpere…

  • briandavis

    He can move in with one of the lesbian couples when his wife kicks him out. Wouldn’t that make a great sitcom!