WTHR (NBC Indianapolis) has reported that 77 year old Dr. Donald Cline of Indianapolis allegedly used his own sperm to artificially inseminate patients without their knowledge.
Donald Cline – Photo Courtesy WTHR-TV
Now retired, Dr. Cline was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice for statements he made to investigators. He appeared in court Monday (9-12-16)
The children of his former patients filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office with the intent to find out how many offspring had the same donor and other details. Dr. Cline denied being the sperm donor, but DNA tests revealed he was paternally matched to two complainants by 99.9 percent.
Cline said he may have donated his own sperm to up to 50 patients.
According to court documents, it started when an Indiana woman took a DNA test and discovered that her father was not her biological father. The woman’s mother had been a patient of Dr. Cline’s in the 1980s and he allegedly told her that he would use sperm from a resident or medical student, but never suggested that he would be the sperm donor.
The woman’s DNA test through 23andMe (a genetic testing company) showed that she was related to at least eight others on the site. According to court documents, at least three of those eight people were the children of mothers who had visited Dr. Cline for artificial insemination.
In a meeting between former patients’ children and Dr. Cline’s adult son and daughter, they said their father admitted to donating his own sperm over seven years – as many as 50 times, whenever he didn’t have a donor sample available.
Cline said he did wrong by inseminating the women with his own sperm, but felt he was helping them because they wanted a baby, according to court documents. He also said he felt pressured to use his own sperm because he didn’t always have access to fresh sperm. He also said he never used a sperm bank, despite his children’s claims that he did.
Cline also said if a woman came back for another baby, he would use his own sperm to produce full siblings. He claimed he presented the mothers with a “consent for artificial donor insemination” form, but since the medical records are over seven years old, he said they’ve been shredded.
The youngest sibling was born in 1986. Dr. Cline said he wasn’t sure when he stopped using his own sperm to inseminate women. He apologized for his actions and said since he found God, he knows what he did was wrong.
It has yet to be determined whether Dr. Cline is guilty of any wrong-doing in this case. We will certainly follow-up when more is known.
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Information courtesy: WTHR and FOX 59, Indianapolis