If you believe you may be the victim of fertility fraud, you unfortunately are not alone. Since the first documented case, in 1884, of Dr. William Pancoast injecting donor sperm into an unconscious and chloroformed patient without her permission, there have been little to no changes in laws/regulations around donor conception. As more and more people use home DNA tests, many of us are finding hidden secrets and unethical violations used in donor conception.
We encourage those impacted by donor fraud to reach out to legal representation if they would like to further discuss their rights and options. Below you will find tips on:
- What to Know & What to Do before contacting a lawyer
- Tips for finding a lawyer and questions to ask
- A list of lawyer’s currently familiar with infertility fraud cases (in work)
Donor conception, especially with the discovery of fraud, can trigger feelings of shame and violation for many. Because of this we understand and support all impacted parties who choose to use arbitration/private mediation. However, we encourage you to consider adding your voice to the growing movement in the donor conception community by publicly sharing your story. The more visibility we give to the damage caused by donor fraud, the more we can hope to drive fundamental and wide spread regulatory changes in the infertility industry.
When searching for a lawyer look for those in Personal Injury or Malpractice Litigation. Look for law firms that have a depth of expertise/partners with both Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Personal Injury. You will need a lawyer/law firm that is registered or has partners who can practice in the state you plan on filing your legal claim. Start with looking for a lawyer in the state you were born or conceived or a larger multi state law firm.