Skooter reporting 04/12/12
The owner of a British fertility clinic may have fathered as many as 600 children as suggest by a new DNA tests while keeping his donations a secret. One of his new found offspring says the man’s belief in eugenics may have been behind the decision.
Bertold Wiesner and his wife reportedly operated a fertility clinic in the 1940s and were accountable for helping more than 1,500 families conceive. Through clinic donations, two of the children were conceived and they were Barry Stevens and David Gollancz, who were involved in DNA testing that proved both were conceived using Wiesner's sperm.
Between 1943 and 1962 eighteen people conceived through the clinic were tested and about two-thirds of them matching Wiesner's DNA. However, it was reported that his wife Mary Barton destroyed the records from the clinic so, it's nearly impossible to know exactly how many of the 1,500 children came directly from Wiesner. Wiesner himself died in the early 1970s.
The donations made he might have as many as 1,000 relatives he has never met, Stevens said. In addition, it was known that Austrian-born Weisner was a “Communist sympathizer,” the Toronto Star reports and that he belonged to a club of "left-wing biologists" who supported experimental medical techniques.
Stevens who is now 59, told the Toronto star that it was very much the era of eugenics. The British House of Lords once described Wiesner’s works as “the work of Beelzebub,” Daily Mail reports.
“Bulk donations” is prohibited by U.K. law in order to reduce the possibility of unintentional incest if couples from the same donor met and produced children. It is said that British donors can now make up to 10 such donations. In the U.S. however, there are no similar federal laws.
Source: Odd News