STOCKHOLM, June 21, 2001 ( – A 36-year-old Swedish sperm donor, Igor Lehnberg, lost an appeal this week against a court order to pay child support for three sons conceived with his donation(s) to a lesbian couple for artificial insemination, a court official said yesterday.  Lehnberg flaunted the usual Swedish sperm donor practice of remaining anonymous, insisting that the children had a right to know who their “father” was.  The lesbian couple has since broken up, but the capital city’s social services office wanted Lehnberg to pay $265 per month in child support to the woman who bore three boys now aged 10, eight and six—having admitted to being their biological father.  Lehnberg appealed the order because under Swedish law a sperm donor is not regarded as the legal parent, emphasizing that he had not had sexual intercourse with the mother, a practising lesbian.  However, these arguments fell on stony ground.  For the Reuters news report see:   For previous LifeSite coverage see:


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