Israeli court nixes Sperminator donation
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Israeli court nixes Sperminator donation

Ari Nagel visits the Tel Aviv port, June 27, 2017. (Renee Ghert-Zand/TOI)
Ari Nagel visits the Tel Aviv port, June 27, 2017. (Renee Ghert-Zand/TOI)

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that an Israeli woman cannot get pregnant with the sperm of an American man who has been identified as a serial donor.

The court dismissed the request of the unidentified 42-year-old woman who had asked a private clinic to allow her to use frozen sperm that CUNY math professor Ari Nagel sent her. The clinic said it could neither store nor use Nagel’s sperm because it would violate Health Ministry requirements and Israeli law.

Nagel, 42, fathered at least 35 children with sperm he donates free of charge—New York’s tabloids call him the Sperminator. The married father of three already has given sperm to six Israeli women; reportedly the Israeli Health Ministry didn’t know about that until later.

Sperm donation in Israel is required to be done anonymously, unless the donor officially agrees to co-parent with the mother.

The Health Ministry has said about Nagel that his “claim of an intention to perform true joint parenthood… is not sincere or reasonable,” based on the sheer number of children he has fathered.

In an interview with the New York Post more than two years ago, Nagel said that his relationship with his wife has not been romantic in years and that they sleep in separate bedrooms. He has been successfully sued for child support five times.

JTA

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