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The lawsuit was filed against Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York. Jackyenjoyphotography / Getty Images

  • A 35-year-old woman has filed a complaint against Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester, New York.

  • Wortman has been accused of using his sperm to fertilize several patients.

  • The woman reportedly found out that Wortman was her biological father after a DNA genealogy test.

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against a New York-based fertility doctor, claiming he was her biological father and used his own sperm to fertilize patients without their consent.

According to the Associated Press, the 35-year-old has accused Dr. Morris Wortman and his Rochester clinic, the Center for Menstrual Disorders, of medical malpractice, battery and personal injury, emotional distress, neglect, fraud and lack of informed consent.

The plaintiff wrote in the lawsuit that she is the daughter of a woman who received fertility treatments from Wortman in the 1980s, AP reported. The lawsuit said the complainant knew she was born in 1985 by artificial insemination and that Wortman was “revered” by her family for helping her mother conceive.

Wortman reportedly told the family that the sperm donor was a medical student at the University of Rochester, but the plaintiff questioned Wortman’s claim after taking a DNA genealogy test in 2016. AP reported that the wife had discovered at least nine half-siblings who were also children of the sperm donor.

AP reported that the complainant’s suspicions continued to grow, but she was a patient of Wortman and continued to visit him for nine years. Wortman performed breast and pelvic exams and discussed the complainant’s libido and similar personal issues, AP reported.

The complainant wrote in the lawsuit that Wortman also asked about his family and at one point brought his wife on a date to meet the complainant.

The lawsuit alleged that Wortman said aloud “You are a very good kid, such a good kid” while attending to the plaintiff on a date in April, AP reported.

At that time, a half-brother named David Berry had been in contact with the complainant for about four years following her genealogical test. The lawsuit wrote that separate DNA tests with Berry and Wortman’s daughter from his first marriage confirmed the genetic link between the plaintiff, Berry and Wortman, AP reported.

“An interesting dichotomy is feeling gratitude for your existence and at the same time knowing that you are the product of something that should never have happened,” Berry, 36, told AP. “It has become a harder 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 you forgive the violation of a woman’s trust and trust in her doctor in the most intimate setting.”

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said Wortman was unlikely to face criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.

“Although no victim has contacted yet, our appeals office did a quick search and it appears that with reference to what has been made public, any criminal action is barred by statute of limitations,” said the spokesperson Calli Marianetti at AP.

Representatives from the Center for Menstrual Disorders were not available for comment when contacted by Insider. A lawyer for the complainant did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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