September 23, 2021
This month a 35-year-old woman filed a case against her gynecologist. She claims he secretly used his sperm to impregnate her mother—and she was not his only victim.
A woman is taking a New York fertility doctor to court after she made a disturbing discovery. She claims he used his sperm to impregnate various women without their knowledge.
After conducting DNA genealogy tests, the woman believes she has about nine half-siblings. The accused doctor is Morris Wortman, who worked in Rochester during the 1980s.
THE BIZARRE SECRET
Families were purportedly led to believe an anonymous local medical student was the sperm donor. Even after his biological daughter became his gynecology patient, the doctor kept the bizarre secret.
Stories of malpractice on behalf of fertility doctors have become more common in the news recently. Thanks to innovative websites such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe, discoveries linked to genealogy are increasing.
A PERSONAL MATTER
The highly personal story led the woman who is taking legal action against Wortman to ask for privacy. As a result, she also allegedly declined requests for an interview.
While her identity remains a secret, other people, who claim their mothers experienced a similar fate under the watch of Wortman, are speaking out.
SUSPICIONS AFTER A GENETIC TEST
According to the legal files, the doctor's actions shocked the conscience and have left many outraged. The woman purportedly knew about her past links to artificial insemination, but there was more to her story than expected.
Wortman was “revered” in her family because he helped her mother. They were oblivious to just how much he helped her. When the woman took a genetic test in 2016, she grew suspicious about the "anonymous sperm donation."
CONNECTING WITH HALF-SIBLINGS
She found herself linking with various half-siblings. One of these people was David Berry. Initially, Berry and the woman were happy to find out they were related. However, their feelings changed over time.
“On one hand you’re grateful for your existence ... On the other, I don’t know how you forgive the violation of confidence and trust that a woman puts into her physician.”
THE DOCTOR CALLED HER A GOOD KID
The woman also shared that Wortman frequently asked her personal questions about her family. At one stage, he also introduced her to his wife.
The woman purports that during one appointment, Wortman said: “You’re a really good kid, such a good kid”—A comment which makes much more sense now.
THE DOCTOR MIGHT NOT BE CHARGED
The lawsuit accuses the doctor and his clinic of various charges, including medical malpractice and fraud. However, since the incident occurred in the eighties, it is suggested that the doctor may not be charged for his actions.
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office explained that too much time had elapsed since the crime. Spokesperson Calli Marianetti said: “Any criminal action is barred by the statute of limitations."
September 17, 2021