Give Alabama politician Bill Johnson an award for combining two of the Republican party’s favorite family values: traditional families, and being fruitful and multiplying. Wanting to keep his family together, Johnson invited his wife of eight years and her three children to come with him as he moved to New Zealand to be with the numerous babies conceived of his sperm.
Johnson’s wife, Kathy Hale Johnson, told the New Zealand Herald that that Johnson recently returned to live in New Zealand where he donated sperm to at least 10 women without her knowledge.
“He wants me to move over there. He’s not coming back,” she told the newspaper.
She said Johnson plans to apply for residency so he can stay in New Zealand, and that he intends to donate sperm to additional women.
Johnson began donating sperm in 2011 while in Christchurch as a disaster-relief contractor. So far, he’s donated to at least 10 women, three of whom are currently pregnant.
Johnson told the New Zealand Herald that he was unable to have children with his wife and that the urge to have biological children was “a need that I have.” The Herald also reports that fertility specialists recommend that donors not donate to more than four families; some women say Johnson misled them about the number of women he’d impregnated. Johnson says he had planned to tell his wife about the pregnancies after the babies were born.
A conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage in his 2010 Alabama gubernatorial campaign, Johnson has said that he feels a responsibility to the babies made with his sperm, despite the fact that he mostly donated to lesbian couples and thus the babies will have two parents already. He’s returned to Christchurch to await the blessed event(s).
“He’s back there now. He says he has a commitment to them. He says he created these children and he has a responsibility to them,” [Kathy Johnson] says.
“I said ‘what about your commitment to your wife.’ He walked out.”