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Canada – Barwin’s babies: The remarkable story of a disgraced Ottawa fertility doctor and those who say they are his children

Source Ottawa Citizen

Kat Palmer always knew she was a Barwin baby.

It was a matter of pride in her family that Dr. Norman Barwin, Ottawa’s renowned fertility doctor and baby whisperer, had helped her parents conceive after years of trying.

As members of Ottawa’s tight-knit Jewish community, they sometimes ran into the doctor at events while she was growing up.

“My parents were so grateful to this man. My dad would bring me over and say: ‘We are so thankful to him because he gave us you.’”

Those words hang in the air as Palmer says them today. They have new meaning now.

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Canada – Editorial: A lawsuit over sperm

Source Ottawa Citizen

Imagine finding out that your father isn’t really your biological parent. That’s the reality more than two dozen people have struggled with because of alleged mismatched sperm donations at the Ottawa fertility clinic once run by Dr. Norman Barwin.

The parents of these people went to Barwin for treatments to help them conceive using the male partner’s sperm. Instead, Barwin himself is thought to have provided the sperm that led to 11 pregnancies – without the couples in question knowing this. In another 16 cases, the family can’t identify the sperm donor at all.

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Canada – Wrongful impregnation of patients with fertility doctors’ own sperm raises novel criminal law questions, experts say

Source The Lawyers Daily

What crime (if any) does a fertility doctor commit when he hijacks his patient’s body, including her genes, by secretly using his own sperm to impregnate her? It’s a cutting-edge — but far from clear-cut — criminal law question that arises from the misconduct of some infertility doctors prosecuted in the U.S. and in Europe who, unbeknownst to their patients, surreptitiously substituted their own sperm for that authorized by the women — and thereby produced dozens of babies who were later discovered to be the doctors’ own offspring.

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Can Doctors Who Secretly Use Their Own Sperm To Impregnate Patients Be Brought To Justice?

Source Above The Law

Just because the legal calculation is hard to make, doesn’t mean judges should throw up their hands and not try.

Last week, another woman brought suit against a fertility doctor after finding out that he had gotten involved with his own patients’ efforts to have a child. This time, it was the child conceived through the fertility procedure, together with her parents, who brought the suit. The defendant is an Idaho fertility doctor, who was busted after the plaintiff used an Ancestry.com mail-away DNA-test and learned that her fertility doctor’s genetic profile meant that he was actually her biological father. That had to be quite a shock! Sure, those home DNA tests are fun for finding out your heritage, but they are less fun for finding out that one of your parents isn’t actually genetically related to you. Plaintiff Kelli Rowlette, of Washington state, spoke with her mother once she received the results. Her mother, Sally Ashby, was equally horrified to learn the news.

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Dozens sue Canadian fertility doctor for ‘using wrong sperm’

Source BBC

A Canadian fertility doctor is being sued by dozens of people who claim he used his own or unknown sperm to impregnate their mothers.

In November Dr Norman Barwin was sued after a DNA test said he was the father a former patient’s daughter.
At least 11 others now claim he is their biological father, lawyers say.

The group filed a class-action lawsuit with about 50 offspring of former patients whose DNA does not match their intended biological father.

The claims go as far back as the 1970s, and include patients from at least two fertility clinics in Ottawa, Ontario – Broadview Fertility Clinic and Ottawa General Hospital.

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Canada – Couple angry wrong donor sperm used at Ottawa clinic

Source cbc.ca

Former Ottawa fertility doctor Norman Barwin faces a potential class-action lawsuit over allegations he inseminated women with his own sperm.

A lesbian Toronto couple who conceived a child with the help of an Ottawa fertility specialist is angry and saddened after DNA testing proved their daughter was not conceived from the anonymous donor they chose.

Dr. Norman Barwin is alleged in a class action to have used his own sperm or the wrong sperm without the knowledge or consent of the people who came to him for insemination treatments.

The class action, which has yet to be certified by a judge, initially claimed Barwin had inseminated two women with his own sperm, but has been amended to include more complainants, according to a news release from the law firm issued Thursday.

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Did this Idaho OB/GYN secretly use his own sperm to get a patient pregnant?

Source Idaho Statesman

A doctor in Eastern Idaho is accused of secretly using his own sperm to fertilize a patient in 1980. Almost 40 years later, the baby is a grown woman who says she just learned the truth from a mail-in DNA test.

She and her parents are suing the doctor, who is now retired. The lawsuit says:

Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler were having trouble conceiving in 1979. They went to Dr. Gerald Mortimer, who ran an OB/GYN practice in Idaho Falls, looking for help.
The problem, Mortimer told them, was that Ashby had a tipped uterus and Fowler’s sperm count and motility were low.

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Idaho Falls doctor artificially impregnated patient with his own semen, lawsuit claims

Source East Idaho News

IDAHO FALLS — A retired Idaho Falls gynecologist is being sued for allegedly inseminating a woman and fathering her child more than 30 years ago.

Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer and his former employer, Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, have been accused of medical negligence, battery, fraud and breach of contract. The case against them was filed in Idaho federal court on Friday.

The civil suit was filed by Kelli Rowlette, a Washington resident, and her divorced parents Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler.
The accusations came to light after the 36-year-old Rowlette received an unexpected result from a DNA test sent to Ancestry.com in July 2017. If users opt in, Ancestry.com can link them to others with similar DNA.

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