Dr. Donald Cline, a fertility doctor in Indiana is accused of using his sperm at least 50 times. He is also charged with obstruction of justice for giving false statements to police and investigators.
According to court records, Dr. Cline told his patients that he was inseminating them with sperm from medical students. He has pleaded not guilty to the obstruction of justice charges.
He reported to the court that he used his own sperm when donor specimens weren't available.
"At no time did I ever used my own sperm to inseminate patients."
"It was unethical, what he did. He was telling his patients one thing and doing another," according to a woman who wishes to remain anonymous.
Eleanor Nicoll, a spokeswoman for the society. "This kind of thing happens very rarely, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine doesn't keep numbers on it."
This case began when one woman Kristy Killion became curious about her parental history. The woman located her half-sisters and she knew her parents had difficulty conceiving so they enlisted the help of a fertility clinic. She called Dr. Cline's office and he told her that her records had been shredded.
She believed Dr. Cline, but she continued with a search for her siblings. She registered with an online website that connects children of donors. She found one of her sisters and they both agreed to a DNA test to see if there were more siblings. They were shocked to find 7 more siblings. They were also confused as to why there were 9 total successful pregnancies when one donor can only donate for 3 positive pregnancies.
The siblings collaborated and found a DNA link to Dr. Cline. They met with Cline and he admitted to donating his sperm about 50 times. He told the siblings that he didn't always have access to fresh sperm and thought he was helping the women get pregnant.
Killion complained to the Indiana attorney general's office, Prosecutor Tim DeLaney told WXIN, that cline allegedly lied about is practice as a physician. This became apparent when "the result from the DNA analysis test factually state that Dr. Donald Cline is the biological father of Kristy Killion and Jacoba Ballard,"
Dr. Cline is now retired from practice. He is facing 2 charges of obstruction of justice. There is also an issue with patients signing informed consent prior to any medical procedure and his patients were not fully informed and were allegedly lied to. Because the consent was breached it is null and void, because of a criminal deception.
The case is ongoing.
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