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The Wife is Always the Last One to Know

Bill Johnson, described as a “conservative Christian politician” from America, has spent the past 10 months in Christchurch, New Zealand, helping victims of an earthquake there. His wife, reports note, is at home in the U.S. In his off hours, Johnson has been donating sperm to lesbian couples to help them have children, even though while running for governor of Alabama, he campaigned against gay marriage. He’s known online as “chchbill”, where he advertises his services. At least three women are pregnant from his donations. He admits supplying three others, and is in talks with more. That’s in violation of the “guidelines” of local fertility practices, which recommend that donations be made only in regulated medical clinics, and that no more than four women are ...uh... serviced by any one man. Johnson, 52, told a reporter that his wife, a former Mrs. America finalist, already had three children and can’t have more, that being a father was “a need that I have,” and that “Reproduction and having children is as basic a human need as eating.” Does his wife know about all the pregnancies he’s responsible for in New Zealand? “She does now,” Johnson said. (RC/New Zealand Herald) ...Does his wife have a divorce lawyer? She does now.

Story Update: Johnson was an unsuccessful candidate for Alabama governor in 2009, receiving less than 2 percent of the vote. Yes, his wife found out quickly. “This is a really, really difficult time for our family,” Kathy Johnson, a former Mrs. Alabama, said in an email to the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register. “I’m still in disbelief and very hurt, and our family has a lot of healing to do.”

He reportedly came home to Alabama — to tell his wife he was moving to New Zealand permanently, and asking her to come with him. “I will not chase him to the other side of the world so he can be a part-time father to children he created with other women,” she told the New Zealand Herald. So it seems the tagline was (not surprisingly!) correct.

Original Publication Date: 01 January 2012
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 18.

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