Ancestry sites have identified 3 dozen half siblings with the same biological father—an Indianapolis-based fertility doctor who ensured women decades ago that he was using semen from either their husbands or from anonymous donors that matched specific criteria.
Donald Cline, the fecund doctor, has since confessed to lying to patients and using his own spermatozoon to inseminate them.
It is still unknown just how many times he used his own semen. However court documents say that he admitted to one of his biological daughters, Jacoba Ballard, that he did the deed around 50 times during the 1970’s and 1980’s, according to reports.
Last week, Dr. Cline relinquished his medical license to the Indiana Medical Licensing board, which too barred the almost 80-year-old from ever applying for a med license again in the state.
Though the offspring of Cline’s patients say the doc is getting off easy.
Cline retired in 2009 and his license had been expired in 2017. Furthermore, Cline is not facing any criminal charges in the state for deceiving his patients.
State investigators began looking into the case in 2014 when handfuls of women, along with Ballard, filed complaints with the attorney general.
The doctor initially refuted using his own sperm for his fertility patients, then altered his story, admitting he had in fact used his semen.
DNA testing led by the state too confirmed that at least two women, Ballard included, were biological kids of Cline. Searches on ancestry sites and consumer genetic testing have since confirmed dozens of other half-siblings and linked those children to Cline’s relatives.
In December 2017, Cline pleaded guilty to two felony obstruction of justice charges for previously lying to detectives about using his own sperm.
Ballard and additional biological children of Cline are now squeezing state lawmakers to pass a law implicitly prohibiting doctors from utilizing their own sperm in cases like this.
“I want laws changed, I want medical professionals to be held accountable,” Ballard told reporters. “As far as peace of mind? I’ll never have that.”
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