Jacoba Ballard knew that she was conceived by way of a sperm donor and needed to see whether or not she had half-siblings. She carried out a 23AndMe DNA take a look at and found, a lot to her shock, seven half-siblings. Ballard didn’t anticipate that many half-siblings, as Dr. Donald Cline had acknowledged that he used one donor for 3 pregnancies.
She launched an investigation into the irregularity and discovered she had shut to 100 half-siblings fathered by Dr. Donald Cline. Dr. Cline lied to the sufferers he inseminated, utilizing his sperm relatively than the sperm requested by the sufferers.
Dr. Cline is still alive and lives free in the Indianapolis space
Dr. Donald Cline opened his fertility clinic in 1979 following a stint in the United States Air Drive. He allegedly used his sperm to inseminate sufferers from 1979 to 1986. The Netflix documentary claims that he fathered 94 youngsters and, probably, many more.
Jacoba and her half-siblings swiftly uncovered Dr. Cline’s actions however, frustratingly, found that they’d no authorized recourse. At the time, the legislation didn’t criminalize the act of a health care provider inseminating a affected person with his sperm or mendacity about the supply of the sperm.
Nevertheless, Dr. Cline was charged with obstruction of justice for mendacity to the AG’s workplace about his position in the crime. “I can emphatically say that at no time did I ever use my own sample for insemination,” Dr. Cline wrote to the Indiana Attorney General’s workplace after it knowledgeable him he was underneath investigation.
Dr. Cline pleaded responsible to obstruction of justice and obtained a one-year suspended sentence and a measly $500 positive. To his youngsters, the punishment appeared like a slap on the wrist.
“It was always about you,” Jacoba mentioned throughout Cline’s listening to. “You lied. You still lie. You even have your family believing you, and that sickens me.”
Dr. Cline surrendered his medical license to the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, which voted to stop Dr. Cline from making use of to have his license reinstated. He’d long-retired by the time he gave up his license, so the penalty didn’t trigger him a lot hurt.
“It’s particularly egregious,” Laura Iouse, supervising deputy legal professional basic, mentioned. “The important thing is that Dr. Cline doesn’t practice anymore.”
Liz White, one of Dr. Cline’s former sufferers, advised The Atlantic that the disgraced physician ‘lives down the street over there. I live down the street over there, and my mom lives in town here.’
Lucie Jourdan, Our Father’s director, and Ballard advised The Guardian that Dr. Cline lives free in Indiana. They mentioned:
“Some people online have said he’s dead. He’s not dead. He’s active around his community. He’s going to grandchildren’s swim meets and things like that. There’s no hiding. That’s the thing, he’s still out and about. In his head, I don’t think he thinks he’s done much wrong.”
Dr. Cline reportedly tried to cease the creation of Our Father
Earlier than he lastly admitted to the accusations in opposition to him, Dr. Cline had adopted a stance of staunch denial. He wrote to one of Jacoba’s half-siblings:
“ I almost always used resident physicians and most were married with children of their own. Also, their family history was entirely negative for any familial illnesses. This many years later, I could not possibly remember anything else.”
He additionally advised the Indiana Lawyer Basic’s workplace that he hadn’t used his samples for insemination. Dr. Cline finally got here clear however didn’t appear remorseful for his actions.
“Did you really think… that we wouldn’t meet?” one of the half-siblings advised The Atlantic. “That we wouldn’t maybe date? That we wouldn’t have kids who might date? Did you never consider that?”
Dr. Cline could not have cared about the futures of his youngsters, however he frightened about his story that includes in Lucie Jourdan’s documentary. Lucie mentioned (per Newsweek):
“Cline did everything in his power to silence them and the making of this film. ‘The world doesn’t need to know,’ he said. Well, we disagree. May their voices reverberate across the globe as the depravity of his actions is finally brought to light.”
In 2019, Indiana’s Governor handed a legislation prohibiting fertility fraud. The legislation criminalizes misrepresentation of a drug, system, or medical process and straight references human reproductive materials. Texas additionally handed the same legislation.