Woman says fertility doctor used own sperm

Doctor Cline faces up to five years in prison if convicted

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(CNN) – A story that has shocked many in Indiana. An infertility doctor is accused of using his own sperm to impregnate his patients without telling them.

Doctor Donald Cline has been charged with obstruction of justice. He’s pleading not guilty. Two women say the doctor’s actions has caused them a lot of pain.

Deborah, knew she wanted to be a mother.

Deborah Pierce, Mother said, “I wanted my own child, that’s just bottom line.”

She sought out a fertility doctor in Indianapolis and through artificial insemination, she became pregnant.

Deborah Pierce, “I love my daughter, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her.”

Jacoba Ballard, Daughter “I decided that I wanted to take a DNA test, I had been told that I was from donor sperm.”

That sperm, her daughter Jacoba says was supposed to come from a medical resident. Only to be used for no more than three successful pregnancies. At least, that’s what the doctor said.

Jacoba Ballard, “When I took that test, I found seven siblings. So right then, we all kind of questioned what was wrong.”

Further investigation. Through ancestry and DNA tests led them face-to-face with Doctor Donald Cline. Her mother’s fertility doctor and based on test results. Her biological father.

Jacoba, “He was very cold, distant, really factual and he brought a lot of bible verses trying to back up what he did.”

Jacoba says Cline admitted to using his own sperm to impregnate his patients at least 50 times. She says her mother had no idea.

Deborah, “I couldn’t believe it actually. I didn’t really know until the prosecutor’s DNA report came out and it was 99.9% and you feel like he deceived you, you were lied to.”

While Deborah has since forgiven. For Jacoba, it’s a daily battle and as more siblings come out, she says others have turned away.

Jacoba, “That hurts and I hope one day they see the bigger picture, that I never thought a year ago my face was going to be out in the public. I didn’t think my name was going to be in the public but if I can save another family from this heartache. Then so be it.”

Whatever it takes to shed light on her fight for justice.

Jacoba, “I feel like this is my calling, to be an advocate for people, so I’m going to take it and roll with it and try to help others.”

Doctor Cline faces up to five years in prison if he’s convicted of both counts of obstruction of justice.

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