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- For years, 31-year-old Texas woman Eve Wiley believed her biological father was a sperm donor named Steve Scholl.
- But when she recently took a DNA test to learn more about her family’s health, she discovered that her father was really her mother’s fertility doctor.
- In an upcoming “20/20” documentary, Wiley meets her biological father for the first time.
- Meanwhile, Wiley is working to pass a law in her home state that would make such malpractice a sexual assault under the law.
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A 31-year-old Texas woman recently learned that her biological father wasn’t a sperm donor after all, but her mother’s fertility doctor.
Now Eve Wiley is working to pass a law in her home state that would make such fertility fraud qualify as a sexual assault.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News last month, Wiley detailed how she learned who her real father was after taking DNA tests from 23andMe and Ancestry.com.
Wiley told the paper that when she was a teen, she learned that she had been conceived through a sperm donor. She and who she thought was the donor, Steve Scholl, went on to forge a close relationship.
“I call him dad. We say I love you,” Wiley told the Morning News. “We spend holidays together and he actually officiated at my wedding.”
But when Wiley’s firstborn child started having health problems at a young age, she took genetic tests to learn more about her family health history and received quite the shock – her biological father wasn’t Scholl but her parents’ fertility doctor.
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Wiley has not named the doctor who is her father, but her first meeting with him was recorded for a “20/20” documentary that airs on Friday.
Williams told the Morning News that she first started corresponding with her real father through letters and then email.
She says he admitted to never telling her parents that he used his own sperm, but says they did agree to let him mix Scholl’s sperm with another anonymous local donor’s when Scholl’s failed five times, according to “20/20”. Wiley’s mother said she only consented to mixing Scholl’s sample with her husband’s.
Wiley told the Morning News that it was also a shock when she learned from a lawyer friend what the fertility doctor did wasn’t considered a sexual assault offense in Texas.
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So she is currently lobbying to get a bill passed that would make the unauthorized implantation of “human reproductive material” a felony punishable by six months to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
The bill passed the Texas State Senate and is now waiting to be heard in the House.
While rare, Wiley’s family aren’t the only victims of fertility fraud. According to the Morning News, Indiana is also debating a similar bill based on the revelation that former fertility doctor Donald Cline inserted his sperm in as many as 50 women.
Indiana University law professor Jody Lyneé Madeira told the newspaper that she’s heard of seven lawsuits filed over fertility fraud cases from Virginia to California.
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