Anti-Gay Republican Pol Leaves Wife For Sperm Donor Babies

Alabama Republican Bill Johnson is apparently obsessed with, well, spreading his seed:

Bill Johnson, a former Alabama gubernatorial candidate, has left his wife and family in Prattville to be with babies he secretly conceived as a sperm donor in New Zealand.

Johnson’s wife, Kathy Hale Johnson, told the New Zealand Herald that Johnson recently returned to live in New Zealand where he donated sperm to at least 10 women without her knowledge.

“He wants me to move over there. He’s not coming back,” she told the newspaper.

She said Johnson plans to apply for residency so he can stay in New Zealand, and that he intends to donate sperm to additional women.

“He is obsessed with this. He doesn’t want to stop,” she said.

Johnson made headlines in December when the news broke that he had fathered multiple children in New Zealand, where he was working as a contractor for disaster relief company Ceres NZ.

Johnson, a former Birmingham city councilman and cabinet member for Gov. Bob Riley, said he was unable to have children with his wife and that the desire to father a child was “a need that I have.”

Kathy Johnson, a two-time Mrs America finalist with three children from a previous relationship, said the first baby is a girl and due to arrive this month. There are at least two others, also girls, who are due in June and July, she said.

Johnson began donating sperm after arriving in Christchurch in 2011 to work on earthquake recovery. He created an online persona “chchbill” on unofficial websites for those seeking sperm donors. Some women later claimed he misled them about his background and the number of partners that he impregnated, raising concerns among New Zealand fertility specialists.

“He doesn’t really know how many pregnancies there are out there. Some women were so angry they didn’t want to talk to him again,” she said.


Johnson, 52, finished fifth among a field of seven candidates for governor in the 2010 GOP primary, capturing less than 2 percent of the vote. He ran as a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage.

Which is ironic when you consider that at least one of the New Zealand couples to whom he donated consists of two lesbians.

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  1. John Peabody says:

    Yeah…okay….creepy enough? I remember an MD in Washington who told his kids never to marry someone from DC, because he had used his sperm on dozens of unknowing fertility patients.

  2. @John Peabody:

    I believe I know who you’re talking about. He made headlines here about decade or so ago

  3. Bobbo says:

    Is this even a fundy-approved excuse for constant j–king off?

  4. al-Ameda says:

    Okay, that’s it, I’ve had it.
    Please tell me why anyone would bother to right fiction any more?
    You just can’t make up stuff like this.

    The best part was this:

    ” He ran as a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage.”

    Give Alabaman voters some credit, he only got 2% of the vote.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    @al-Ameda: “write” fiction … sorry