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An Ohio Fertility Clinic Allegedly Used A Stranger's Sperm. What Happens Now?

Richard Drew
An embryologist displays some of the frozen sperm stored at a fertility clinic.

A family in Ohio filed a civil lawsuit against the Institute for Reproductive Health, Ovation Fertility Cincinnati, and the Christ Hospital Health Network, alleging that another man's sperm was used 20 years ago in in vitro fertilization. The local family believes they learned of this after getting the results of a recent DNA test.

The parents are unsure of who the real father of their daughter is. Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law Dean Judith Daar is a nationally recognized expert on issues like this and currently serves as chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s ethics committee. She frequently offers commentary and background on issues like this.

Judith Daar joins Cincinnati Edition to explore the case and the ethics surrounding it.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.