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Fertility doctor faces judge for lying about using own sperm

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators.

Dr. Donald Cline is scheduled to appear in a Marion County court Thursday, when a judge is expected to sentence him on two counts of obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say the 79-year-old Cline initially wrote to investigators denying he used his own sperm.

According to court records, paternity tests indicate Cline is likely the biological father of at least two of his patients’ children. Those children allege online genetic tests show he might be the father of 20 others.

No other charges were filed against Cline because Indiana law doesn’t specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm.

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3 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    Any use of human sperm or eggs outside of conceiving a child for the couple they came from is ultimately an injustice to the child. States that legally permit sperm or egg donation or surrogacy are in grave error. A child has a right to know and be raised by his or her original parents. Any instance in which that doesn’t happen involves a tragedy.

    • C.C. Rider

      Poppycock. Egg donors are a miracle for infertile couples as well as for unmarried men who want.to have a child while avoiding the marriage-divorce-child support industry.

  • Jenny Jenny

    Clearly this doctor is guilty of unprofessional conduct and could be disciplined by the medical board. Depending on the contract he signed, he could also be guilty of fraud and tort damages. If you are ever suspected of wrongdoing, you should never, ever talk to police or investigators because you can only make things worse for yourself.