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Ari, nicknamed “The Sperminator,” made headlines when it was revealed that he’s fathered 22 kids with 18 women. He visits The Doctors to explain his motivation for siring so many children.
The 40-year-old math professor from New York City began offering his services free of charge nine years ago to women looking to get pregnant. He tells The Doctors that the children are conceived in a variety of ways including the passing off a sample in a cup, to IVF, to even the traditional baby-making process.
“Some of the moms I’ve never met, I just mailed [my sperm] and they got pregnant that way,” Ari, who has nothing beyond a verbal contract with the mothers, explains. He also does not accept any payments for his sperm donations. Not having a formal contract has created numerous legal issues for Ari who is supporting 9 children financially and being sued by 5 of the women that he’s donated sperm to.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork asks the question on many people’s mind, why does Ari do it?
“The beautiful children, all the love going around,” Ari explains. “And it’s not just the kids. I’ve become very close with the moms… we have very close relationships, they’re not just friends, they’re family." Ari goes to say that his donations are “one of the greatest gifts you can give.”
The Doctors ask legal analyst Areva Martin about Ari’s legal predicaments.
“This raises so many legal issues,” she says of Ari providing sperm to people without having any contract in place. “[It’s] technically engaging in operating a sperm bank, which is prohibited in most states without a license.” She goes on to say that legally Ari is responsible for child support for the children he’s fathered. She also notes the possibility of issues like infectious diseases, genetic disorders, which would be screened at a sperm bank.
Ari responds to the issues raised, saying "I'm not soliciting, I'm not storing, I'm not collecting, I'm not selling... maybe distributing." He goes on to say, "What's illegal about what I'm doing? I can get a girl drunk and we could have sex and I could give them a baby, and that's totally legal. But two consenting adults can't have a child? I'm not quite sure where the issue is."
Tell us what you think – is Ari providing a generous service or creating future problems?
Plus, find out more from the woman currently attempting to get pregnant with Ari’s sperm and meet the two women who are raising a child that he fathered in the video below.