Father Fraud

Using consumer DNA testing, adults conceived through artificial insemination are tracing paternity back to the doctors that inseminated their mothers. 

More than 20 “doctor daddy” cases worldwide illuminate what may have been a dubious trend in early fertility practices. Motive theories range from narcissism to a desire to promote better outcomes with fresh sperm. Currently, 3 US states have passed laws to criminalize the bait-and-switching of semen.

Laws may have been murkier when the technology was still new, but bioethicist Dov Fox says “the number of doctors sounds less like a few bad apples and more like a generalized practice of deception.”

The New York Times

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