OB/GYN Accused of Inseminating Women With Own Sperm Sued After Patient Learns He's Her Father

A woman is suing her former gynecologist after learning he is actually her biological father. She was reportedly conceived via artificial insemination when her mother was his patient. The horrifying case is just one of many to have been levied against doctors in recent years, highlighting the all-too-common nature of these medical abuses—and their discoveries aided by the rise of at-home genetic testing kits.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York has been accused of artificially inseminating his patients using his own sperm, without their consent or knowledge.

The suit was filed on Saturday by an unnamed ​​Geneseo woman. The woman had been a long-term patient of Dr. Wortman at his clinic, the Center for Menstrual Disorders, as had her mother.

The plaintiff said she had been conceived in 1985 via artificial insemination, and that her mother was under the care of Dr. Wortman at the time. Her mother had reportedly been told that her sperm donor was an anonymous medical student at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

As an adult, the woman, in hopes of learning more about her biological father, is said to have completed an at-home DNA test. She soon discovered she had five half-siblings.

She eventually learned that Wortman was likely her father when one of her newly-discovered half-brothers reached out to the doctor's daughter from an earlier marriage. When tested, it was revealed that the half-brother and Wortman's known daughter had a 99.99 percent chance of being half-siblings.

Because the woman had been Dr. Wortman's patient without knowing he was her father, her lawsuit centers on the emotional damage and distress caused by the revelation.

The anonymous ex-patient is not the only victim of Wortman's to have spoken out: at the age of 35, Carl Lore learned that not only was he donor-conceived, but the donor in question was none other than his mother's OB/GYN, Dr. Wortman.

Like the plaintiff, Lore told the Democrat & Chronicle that his mother was told the donor was a University of Rochester medical student—but the DNA test results suggested otherwise.

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Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York, was recently sued by a woman who is claiming the OB/GYN inseminated her mother—who was a patient of his—with his own sperm. A pregnant woman holding her stomach, June 2007. Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Far from isolated, the incident speaks to the frequency of these types of upsetting allegations—the discoveries of which have been aided by the use of at-home DNA testing. In November of last year, for example, a Texas doctor was put under investigation after reportedly using his own sperm to impregnate several patients. The doctor is said to have done so because the frozen sperm, belonging to the patients' donors of choice, was not working.

Just two months earlier, it was reported that a California woman had been conceived using the sperm of her mother's fertility doctor—and that she had inherited a rare genetic disorder as a result of the malpractice.

Newsweek has reached out to both Carl Lore and Dr. Wortman's clinic for additional comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.