Woman sues doctor for inseminating mother with his own sperm

06 April, 2018, 04:23 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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But instead of her "Dad's" sperm, the fertility doctor allegedly used his own.

The lawsuit claims that Mortimer never revealed the secret that he used his own sperm in the procedure.

Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, then married but now divorced, were having difficulty conceiving, and in 1979 they sought help from Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Idaho.

To increase chances of fertility, the couple agreed to mix the husband's sperm with other matching donors, noting they preferred college students more than 180cm tall. After Mortimer allegedly told the couple he had found a donor who matched the description, they went ahead with the procedure.

In 1980, Ashby and Fowler made a decision to resort to artificial insemination, using a combination of Fowler's sperm and that of an unknown person who supposedly matched their requested traits.

The lawsuit states that she received a notification from Ancestry.com last July informing her she had a DNA match.

Mortimer and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls are the only parties involved who have yet to publicly address the lawsuit recently against them. The family later had to move to Washington state, and when Ashby told the doctor, he cried - knowing this was his biological daughter, the suit says.

Mortimer examined Ashby and Fowler to determine their reproductive problems.

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Rowlette was devastated to find out that Mortimer was her biological father, but she needed a few extra months to discover the true extent of what that name meant.

Gizmodo notes that, upon receipt of the results of the ancestry test, Ms Rowlette was baffled by the inclusion of Gerald Mortimer, but she didn't know who he was right off the bat.

In August, Rowlette was helping to sort through her parents' old papers when she ran across her birth certificate.

In a statement, Ancestry.com said "DNA testing helps people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity".

But after speaking with her parents, details eventually began piecing themselves together, according to the lawsuit.

"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", it read.

In May of 1981, Fowler and Ashby welcomed a baby girl, a child who Mortimer delivered himself. "With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data".

A 1993 wire article in The New York Times reported that a doctor used his own sperm to inseminate women and tricked others into believing that they were pregnant.


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