Former Birmingham city councilor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson last made the news in December when the New Zealand press revealed that Johnson donated sperm to Kiwi lesbian couples hoping to conceive. Here’s how Weld‘s Kyle Whitmire related the story in a column dated Dec. 12:
It seems that since leaving Alabama politics — and Alabama for that matter — the former Birmingham city councilor/ADECA director/gubernatorial candidate started hawking his … (There’s really not a good euphemism for sperm, is there? So let’s get biblical.) … seed to women in New Zealand as a seedy (ba-dum!) back-channel Internet donor. And successfully, it seems. At least three women there are now baking Bill’s bread.
That story went a little viral. USA Today, Wonkette, Politico, Business Insider (why not?) and even Gawker picked it up and ran with it. And it’s probably safe to assume that Johnson’s donations were the impetus for a bill that would stop folks from donating sperm or eggs without the consent of their spouse.
The sad part of that initial story was that, before the story broke, Bill Johnson’s wife, Kathy, was unaware of Bill’s attempts at procreation in New Zealand. But she was willing to forgive.
No matter. The Mobile Press-Register reported Saturday that Johnson left Alabama and his wife just after Easter in order “to be with babies he secretly conceived as a sperm donor in New Zealand.”
“He’s back there now. He says he has a commitment to them,” Kathy Johnson told the New Zealand Herald. “He says he created these children and he has a responsibility to them. I said ‘what about your commitment to your wife’. He walked out.”
Kathy Johnson described Bill as “obsessed” with sperm donation. “He doesn’t want to stop,” she said.
Read more at the New Zealand Herald.