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To couples at the end of their ropes who wanted children but could not conceive them for medical reasons, Dr. Donald Cline was a savior of sorts, offering to match the women with sperm from anonymous men resembling their partners.
Many couples sought Dr. Cline out at his Indianapolis-area fertility clinic during the 1970s and ’80s. They had children, who grew up and had children of their own.
What the couples did not know was that on an untold number of occasions, Dr. Cline was not using the sperm of anonymous donors.
He was using his own.
The article goes on to state the following:
Now, Dr. Cline’s former patients and their children are asking enormously consequential questions: How many women did he deceive? How many children did he father? Most perplexingly, why did he do it?
The authorities who are investigating Dr. Cline have confirmed through DNA testing that two women were biological children of his. Through 23andMe and other similar genetic testing websites, three dozen half siblings of those women have been found, said Jacoba Ballard, 38, one of the biological daughters. She expects the number to grow.
In some instances, state prosecutors said, Dr. Cline even told women that he was using their husbands’ sperm but provided his own.
The New York Times also reported:
In December, Dr. Cline pleaded guilty to two felony obstruction of justice charges, acknowledging that he lied to state investigators when denying the accusations that he used his own sperm. He said he had given his own sperm to several patients, according to court papers. The exact number is not known.
He was given a 365-day jail sentence that was suspended.
Through a lawyer, Dr. Cline surrendered his medical license to the state last week, and a state medical board barred him from ever getting a license again. Dr. Cline had retired in 2009 and his license had expired in 2017, according to prosecutors.
Dr. Donald Cline acknowledged that he used his own sperm to inseminate patients at his fertility clinic near Indianapolis, and now more than three dozen people think he is their biological father https://t.co/6aHomLm4Ib
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) August 31, 2018
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WOW: Matt White and two women noticed they shared facial features with Dr. Donald Cline, a retired fertility specialist. Cline was faced with charges for lying when he denied he’d inseminated unwitting patients with his own sperm decades earlier. https://t.co/K7u7RZfckU
— WKRG (@WKRG) February 26, 2018