Woman sues her gynecologist of nine years after discovering she's his biological daughter, lawsuit claims
The lawsuit was brought against Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York. Jackyenjoyfotografie / Getty Images
A 35-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York.
Wortman has been accused of using his sperm to get several patients pregnant.
The woman is said to have found out after a DNA genealogy test that Wortman was her biological father.
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One woman filed a lawsuit against a New York-based fertility doctor claiming he was her birth father and used his own sperm to impregnate patients without their consent.
According to the Associated Press, the 35-year-old Dr. Morris Wortman and his Rochester Clinic, the Center for Menstrual Disorders, Medical Malpractice, Battery, Induction of Emotional Stress, Negligence, Fraud, and Failure to Consent.
The plaintiff wrote in the lawsuit that she was the daughter of a woman who received fertility treatments from Wortman in the 1980s, AP reported. The lawsuit states that the plaintiff knew that she was born through artificial insemination in 1985 and that Wortman was "worshiped" by her family for helping her mother get pregnant.
Wortman allegedly told the family that the sperm donor was a University of Rochester medical student, but the plaintiff challenged Wortman's claim after doing a DNA genealogy test in 2016. AP reported that the woman discovered at least nine half-siblings who were also children of the sperm donor.
AP reported that the plaintiff's suspicions continued to rise, but she was a Wortman patient and visited him for over nine years. Wortman performed chest and pelvic exams and discussed the plaintiff's sex drive and similar personal issues, AP reported.
The plaintiff wrote in the lawsuit that Wortman also asked questions about her family and at one point his wife took his wife to a meeting with the plaintiff.
The lawsuit alleged that Wortman said out loud, "You are a really good kid, such a good kid" while handling the plaintiff during an April appointment, AP reported.
At about this time, a half-sibling named David Berry had been in contact with the applicant for about four years after her genealogy test. The lawsuit wrote that separate DNA tests with Berry and Wortman's daughter from his first marriage confirmed the genetic link between plaintiff Berry and Wortman, AP reported.
"An interesting dichotomy is feeling grateful for your existence while also knowing that you are the product of something that should never have happened," Berry, 36, told AP. "It became a heavier pill to swallow."
"On the one hand, you are grateful for your existence and the people with whom you share the experience," continued Berry. "On the other hand, I don't know how to forgive the breach of trust that a woman shows her doctor in the most intimate surroundings."
Monroe County prosecutors said Wortman is unlikely to face criminal prosecution due to the statute of limitations.
"Although no victim has come forward, our appeals office has done some quick research and it appears that any criminal act related to what has been made public is statute barred," spokeswoman Calli Marianetti told AP.
Representatives from the Center for Menstrual Disorders were not available to comment when they contacted Insider. A lawyer for the plaintiff did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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