Sperm donor with 15 children who hid genetic IQ condition says he ‘did a good thing’

James MacDougall, 37, was a sperm donor to 15 children despite having a genetic condition that affects his IQ, and he has now said he “didn’t do anything wrong” after claiming he was being dishonest

James MacDougall has denied this "did something wrong"
James MacDougall has denied “doing anything wrong”.

An online sperm donor who did not reveal he had a genetic condition that affected IQ before fathering 15 children said he had done a “good thing” and not acted dishonestly.

James MacDougall, 37, took to a social media page to promote lesbian women seeking sperm donors despite knowing he had Fragile X syndrome, which led to low IQ and developmental delays.

He fathered 15 children, and although he signed an agreement that he would have no contact with some of his children, MacDougall applied to family court for parental responsibility and child settlement orders.

This would allow him to spend time with four of his children.

Three mothers opposed MacDougall’s request and Judge Justice Lieven has ruled that he should not have parental responsibility for the children as it would harm them.

Mrs Justice Lieven decided to name MacDougall to protect other women seeking a sperm donor

The Derby Court judge also named Mr MacDougall to prevent other women from using him as a sperm donor.

But MacDougall has steadfastly maintained that he did nothing wrong.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said Daily Mail.

“I’ve done some good by helping these women, I’ve given them children, but people say I haven’t been honest. The full truth will come out. I am very angry and upset.”

He is also supported by his adoptive parents, June and John MacDougall, who said he was upset at not being able to help raise the children.

Ms MacDougall claimed the allegations against him were “cruel” and said he was a “carrier” rather than a “sufferer” of the Fragile X condition.

“Rather than being a sufferer, he’s a carrier that he could pass on to the next generation. He inherited it from his birth mother, as did his two half-siblings,” said Ms MacDougall.

“But he would have told those mothers about the condition, we’re confident he would do it to help protect the children.”

He was accused of exploiting the mother’s desire to have children, without considering the impact on mothers and children.

MacDougall reportedly had learning disabilities and was on the autistic spectrum with a profound lack of insight, ruled Ms Justice Lieven.

He was also banned from addressing the court for the next three years because of the trauma this would cause to the mothers and his lack of insight into his actions.

She added, “The usual approach of anonymity in family courts should not be used by parents to behave unacceptably and then hide behind the guise of anonymity.”

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