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Monday, September 12, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Indianapolis fertility doctor facing charges"

Vic Ryckaert has the story this morning on the Indianapolis Star website. A few quotes:

A fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients is facing felony charges, records show.

Donald L. Cline, 77, was charged Friday in Marion Superior Court with two felony counts of obstruction of justice, according to online court records.

Cline surrendered to the court during an initial hearing this morning. Magistrate Stanley Kroh ordered him released on his own recognizance and scheduled a hearing for Oct. 17.

Fox59 reported that six adults who had been conceived through Cline's clinic in the 1970s and 1980s discovered through online DNA tests that they were siblings born to the same biological father.

The story begins with this May 12, 2015 Fox 59 story by Angela Ganote - here are some snippets from the long 2015 story:
Carrie is a donor child. Struggling to conceive in the early 80s, her parents visited an Indiana doctor who inseminated Carrie’s mom. She was told the doctor would use fresh sperm from a doctor in training and the same man’s sperm would not be used for more than three successful pregnancies.

You can imagine her concern when she took a DNA test through 23andMe and found she was related to at least eight other people on the site. FOX59 tested those results through Strand Diagnostics, which confirmed that the evidence supports the siblings are related. * * * [ILB emphasis]

The siblings tell me their biggest concerns are not knowing their father’s medical history, not knowing for sure how many siblings they have and not knowing who they are related to.

"I don't think it is fair to have to have my children if they start dating someone to have to have a DNA test just to make sure they aren't cousins!”

Here is the Fox 59 story from Friday, again by reporter Ganote. Some quotes from the worth reading in full story:
On Friday, the now-retired doctor Donald Cline was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice for statements he made to investigators.

Court documents filed on Friday describe a meeting that took place in the spring of 2016 between Dr. Cline and six siblings. Cline described to the siblings that he used his own sperm whenever a donor sample wasn’t available. And admitted to wrongdoing by inseminating women with his own sperm.

In a conversation with Angela Ganote this summer, Cline said he didn’t believe he was fathering children, rather helping families who were devastated by being unable to conceive on their own.

Cline explained to the siblings at this spring meeting that he kept medical records of all of his patients and noted which ones received his sperm. However, since all of the cases took place in the late 1970s through the early 80s, Cline says all of those patient records have been destroyed. Indiana law requires medical records to be kept for seven years.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 12, 2016 10:15 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts