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    Default Fertility fraud is not a crime in Colorado, but it could be soon

    Mary Smith
    November 1, 2019

    In the wake of a startling lawsuit against a Grand Junction doctor accused of using his own sperm to impregnate his patients, one state lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would tighten the law surrounding fertility fraud.
    Rep. Kerry Tipper, a Democrat from Lakewood, told The Denver Post on Thursday that she has been talking to victims, experts and legislators across the aisle about making it a crime for a fertility doctor to inseminate his own sperm into a patient without her consent.
    Only three states — Indiana, California and Texas — currently have specific fertility fraud laws. And the severity varies widely, from classifying the misdeed as sexual assault...to giving victims the right to sue doctors for using the wrong sperm....

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    Default Re: Fertility fraud is not a crime in Colorado, but it could be soon

    Dear Lord, that's not just criminal, it's cringeworthy!
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    There have been several notable cases of doctors using their own sperm to impregnate their patients. A doc in VA ultimately was found to be the biological father of "at least" 75 children born to patients he inseminated with his own sperm. A doc in Canada fathered at least 11 children, while an Indiana doc fathered at least 36 children. In some instances, these docs replaced the husband's sperm with their own....really gross!! With the advent of 23andMe and other genetic testing websites, more and more people are discovering their biological relationship with others in the same locale. It is believed that State Medical Boards have quietly lobbied against laws governing fertility fraud, vowing to handle these cases "in house." Apparently, with only 3 states having fertility fraud laws, they've been quite successful.

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    That's just appalling. You don't often see me speechless....
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    Just think of the far reaching implications, especially in this day 'n age with DNA testing. What was that doctor thinking???

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    Medical boards and legislatures reluctant to pass laws to protect against fertility fraud use the growth and popularity of genetic testing organizations, like 23andMe and Ancestry.com, as justification for their lack of action. They maintain that the increased accessibility and the ease of DNA testing will serve as a deterrent to docs. No new laws needed.

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