Bill Would Criminalize Wayward Fertility Docs

Barbara Schwarz
May 17, 2019 - 5:31 pm

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - A bill headed to Governor Abbott's desk would make it a crime for fertility doctors to secretly inseminate patients. 

Eve Wiley of Dallas always knew she was conceived via artificial insemination and in time she became close to the man she believed was her biological father. After her son developed an auto immune disorder, something that wasn't in her family, Wiley bought a DNA test and learned her actual father was her mother's fertility doctor.  

"Everyone has a right to their identity. It's frustrating not to have access to that medical information or to have all these hurdles thrown up because it is such a central part of your identity, just knowing the placemarkers of your biology. It's the only thing you're born with."

She says she's not alone. "These cases are popping up all over the United States. Some people say they just didn't think they would get caught and they wanted their fertility success rates to be higher. I've heard the excuse they just really wanted to get their patients pregnant."

Wiley, who is originally from a small, East Texas town, says she has met her biological father. She's going to leave it at that. "The illegitimacy of my conception is a reflection on his character. So for us to have a genuine and authentic relationship is essentially non-existent at this point.

This crime would be a state jail felony, punishable between six month and two years in jail, and a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill has been passed by the house and the senate and Governor Abbott has tweeted his support.