Fertility fraud bill awaits governor's signature

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A bill that would strengthen penalties for fertility fraud is heading to the governor's desk for approval.

The case of Dr. Donald Cline sparked movement on the issue. Cline was an Indianapolis fertility doctor who used his own sperm to impregnate patients dozens of times.

He was given a one-year suspended sentence for lying to investigators. Prosecutors said there was no law on the books specifically making fertility fraud a crime.

As long as the governor signs this new bill, felony charges will be on the table in cases of deception involving human sperm, eggs or embryos.