The fertility doctor who uses his OWN sperm to fertilize a patient becomes the subject of a new documentary

The children of an Indiana fertility doctor who uses his own sperm to fertilize his patients without their consent share their harrowing tales in an upcoming Netflix documentary.

Premieres on May 11′our father‘ tells how a DNA test of a woman led to the sickening discovery that Dr. The once-lauded Donald Cline secretly fathered dozens of his patients’ children at his clinic in Indianapolis in the ’70s and ’80s.

The documentary directed by Lucie Jourdan features Jacoba Ballard—one of the first to learn that Klein is her real father—and her many half-siblings.

‘Growing up, I felt different,’ she explains in the film’s shocking new trailer.

The new Netflix documentary 'Our Father' details how Dr.  Donald Cline, a fertility specialist in Indianapolis, Indiana, uses his own sperm to fertilize patients without their consent

The new Netflix documentary ‘Our Father’ details how Dr. Donald Cline, a fertility specialist in Indianapolis, Indiana, uses his own sperm to fertilize patients without their consent

Klein secretly fathered dozens of children through his fertility clinic in the 70s and 80s

Klein secretly fathered dozens of children through his fertility clinic in the 70s and 80s

Ballard, who grew up as an only child, knew he was conceived via a sperm donor since he was 10 years old. In 2014, the 33-year-old registered with an online forum for adopted and donor-born children in an attempt to find her half-siblings.

In Sarah Zhang’s 2019 article for The Atlantic, ‘The Secrets of the Fertility Doctor,’ she explains how she quickly connected with other women whose mothers Klein had also cared for. As soon as he saw her Facebook photos, he knew they must be related.

The woman knows another woman whose mother also went to Klein, and she has a sister. The four of them took the 23andMe test to confirm that they were half-siblings, but the results revealed that they also had four more half-siblings.

They keep looking biological fathers by matching their DNA against a public database to find relatives, and the name ‘Cline’ keeps popping up. They finally tracked down distant relatives who told her she had a cousin named Donald Cline who was a fertility specialist in Indianapolis.

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Klein has told his patients that the donors are medical residents, claiming that he only used each donor’s sperm for three successful pregnancies. But their extraordinarily large number of half-siblings tells a different story.

Jacoba Ballard (pictured) knew she was conceived via a sperm donor and was one of the first to learn that Klein was her father.

Jacoba Ballard (pictured) knew she was conceived via a sperm donor and was one of the first to learn that Klein was her father.

Initial DNA testing led Ballard (pictured with several of his half-siblings) to find out that he was seven half-siblings.  He keeps finding more and more

Initial DNA testing led Ballard (pictured with several of his half-siblings) to find out that he was seven half-siblings. He keeps finding more and more

While searching for answers, four of the eight brothers filed a complaint with the Indiana attorney general and asked for their suspicions that Klein had used his own sperm on a patient to investigate.

In 2015, Ballard sent a Facebook message to Fox59 news anchor Angela Ganote asking for her help. The local station aired a segment about the number of suspicious children from one donor at the time, but Klein’s name was not mentioned.

‘He is known in our community as a philanthropist. He’s a church elder,’ Ganote said of Klein’s reputation in the trailer.

It’s Klein’s son who helps arrange a meeting between the doctor and his six newfound half-siblings, including Ballard. During the reunion, Klein allegedly admitted to using his own sperm but said their medical records had been destroyed.

Around the time The Atlantic article was published, the number of children Cline had fathered with his patients was known to be more than 50.

Klein was a highly respected fertility doctor at the time.  He tells his patients that the donors are medical residents, claiming that he only used each donor's sperm for three successful pregnancies

Klein was a highly respected fertility doctor at the time. He tells his patients that the donors are medical residents, claiming that he only used each donor’s sperm for three successful pregnancies

Jason Hyatt (pictured) recalls his shock when he discovered how many relatives he had due to Klein's horrific scam.

Jason Hyatt (pictured) recalls his shock when he discovered how many relatives he had due to Klein’s horrific scam.

'When I opened Ancestry, I had over 3,000 hits,' he explained

‘When I opened Ancestry, I had over 3,000 hits,’ he explained

‘When I opened Ancestry I had over 3,000 hits,’ Jason Hyatt recalls in the trailer, while another added: ‘I dread every new game that comes along, but they keep coming.’

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Another person explained that the majority of Klein’s secret children ‘lived within a 25 mile radius of each other,’ meaning they were unsure of who they were and had no family ties to the area.

“You pray, ‘Please don’t let it be someone I know. Please don’t let it be someone I date,” one woman shared.

For years, Ballard and his stepsisters wondered what caused Klein to lie to his patients and use his own sperm to impregnate them.

‘Most of us have blonde hair, blue eyes. Almost like this perfect Aryan clan,” Ballard says in the documentary. ‘That’s disgusting.’

Meanwhile, Matt White couldn't help but ask: 'How has no one known for decades?'

Meanwhile, Matt White couldn’t help but ask: ‘How has no one known for decades?’

Julie Harmon's mother, Dianna Kiesler, recalls how she had to tell her husband that their daughter was not biologically hers.

Julie Harmon’s mother, Dianna Kiesler, recalls how she had to tell her husband that their daughter was not biologically hers.

'Most of us have blonde hair, blue eyes.  Almost like this perfect Aryan clan,

‘Most of us have blonde hair, blue eyes. Almost like this perfect Aryan clan,” Ballard says in the documentary. ‘That’s disgusting’

‘I think it was a painful experiment for him,’ suggested another.

Meanwhile, Matt White couldn’t help but ask: ‘How has no one known for decades?’

Her mother, Liz White, had been trying to get pregnant with her husband for two and a half years when their fertility doctor referred them to Klein, who used fresh sperm donors instead of frozen, which had a higher success rate at the time.

Klein allegedly told them that he would find a medical resident whose appearance and blood type matched her husband’s. He also appealed to them not to tell anyone about sperm donors, including their future child.

The mother, who was inseminated by Cline 15 times over five months, didn’t know she had used her own sperm until it hit the news.

'You pray, "Please don't let it be someone I know.  Please don't let it be someone I date,"' a woman shares

‘You pray, ‘Please don’t let it be someone I know. Please don’t let it be someone I’m dating,” one woman shared

Klein, who is retired and in his early 80s, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for denying the charges.

Klein, who is retired and in his early 80s, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for denying the charges.

“I felt like I was raped 15 times,” she told The Atlantic.

Julie Harmon also saw the TV news about Klein, years after she learned that her blood type indicated that she was not biologically related to either of her parents.

In the documentary, her mother, Dianna Kiesler, recalls how Klein made her believe she had fertilized her with her husband’s sperm.

Klein lost his medical license and was fined only $500 for his actions

Klein lost his medical license and was fined only $500 for his actions

‘I had to tell my husband, ‘We only found out now that Julie is not yours,’ he said as his daughter wept next to him.

Ballard and his half-brother are determined to seek justice, but his actions are not technically considered a crime. At the time, there was no Indiana law prohibiting the secret use of a doctor’s own sperm.

“I’m not denying that it was a sexual offence. But legally, there is no crime that touches on this particular act,” Tim DeLaney, the prosecutor in the case, explains in the documentary.

Klein, who is retired and in his early 80s, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for denying the charges. He lost his medical license and was fined only $500.

In 2019, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a new law that makes fertility fraud and fraud illegal in the state. However, Klein’s case was far from over in the eyes of his victims.

‘He’s hiding something even more sinister,’ one person insists at the end of the trailer.

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