Indiana women tell their story of charged fertility doctor

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A mother and daughter at the center of a case in which a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor is accused of using his own sperm instead of donated sperm are still dealing with the emotional aftermath of paternity tests that showed a 99.9 percent probability that the doctor was the father.

WTHI-TV ( ) reports 77-year-old Dr. Donald Cline pleaded not guilty in September to two felony obstruction of justice charges for misleading authorities who were investigating complaints from two of the now-adult children against him.

Deborah Pierce sought out a fertility doctor in Indianapolis, and became pregnant with her daughter, Jacoba Ballard, through artificial insemination.

Ballard says the sperm was supposed to come from a medical resident. Pierce says she feels like she was deceived and lied to. Ballard says this situation has hurt her emotionally.


Information from: WTHI-TV,


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