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Fertility Doctor Accused of Using His Own Sperm to Get Patients Pregnant

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This is the stuff of really bad ’90s horror movies. A retired fertility doctor from Indianapolis apparently used his own sperm at least 50 times instead of donated sperm that his patients were expecting, resulting in impregnating at least eight women decades ago.

Dr. Donald Cline, now 77, pleaded not guilty this past Monday to two felony obstruction of justice charges for misleading authorities who were investigating complaints from two of the now-adult children against him. At least eight people have accused Cline of being their biological father, the youngest of whom would be about 30.

Cline, however, told his patients they were receiving sperm from medical or dental residents or medical students and that no single donor’s sperm was used more than three times. Apparently not, considering one of the adult children took a saliva-based DNA test and discovered she was related to at least eight other people in its database, according to the affidavit. The same happened to two other people as well.

Cline finally admitted to something by saying “he used his own sperm whenever he didn’t have a donor sample available,” the affidavit said he told them. But then in 2009, Cline retired from his practice at Reproductive Endocrinology Associates in Indianapolis, stating in a letter to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office:

“I can emphatically say that at no time did I ever use my own sample for insemination.”

As of now, Cline was released on his own recognizance. There’s only one word for this: gross.


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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