In 2014, Indianaresident Jacoba BallardA shocking truth about her paternal heritage shocked her and rocked her entire life. SheThis was the conclusion Dr. Donald Cline, who had treated her mother for infertility issues more than three decades ago, could possibly be her biological father. AsShe set out to find more. JacobaIt was discovered that she was not alone in her feelings for him.
Jacoba’s fight to expose Dr. Cline’s harrowing actions and seek justice for dozens like her has been elaborately chronicled in Netflix’s hard-hitting true-crime documentary ‘Our Father.’ But now, let’s find out more about the case and how Jacoba isDoing what she is doing right now in her daily life.
Who is Jacoba Ballard?
BornOn August 26, 1980, Jacoba BallardSince the age of 10, she knew that her mother was her mother Deborah Pierce AKA DebbieHad conceived her using a donor sperm. AfterAfter living with this reality for a large part of her life, she decided to learn more about her family’s history in 2014. JacobaThe 34-year-old was looking for his family history. WhileShe didn’t expect to learn about her biological father. JacobaDid hope to find and connect any possible half-siblings.
To Jacoba’s surprise, she did not find one but seven half-siblings on the site, whose birth dates were spread over seven years. SheThen, ask DebbieFor more information, and to learn that the latter had visited Dr. Donald ClineIn is a local fertility specialist known as. Fall 1979. JacobaThe confusion was further heightened when all seven half-siblings shared the information that they were conceived by sperm donors. Dr. Cline’s clinic. SheShe began to reach out and contact all her half-siblings. Through an online registry for donor offspring she was able to meet one named Kristy Killion.
JacobaAnd KristyYou can file complaints at the Indiana Attorney General’s (AG) office and were subsequently questioned on the matter. In January 2015, ClineI was sent two letters to address the concerns and was asked to reply within a fortnight. HoweverHe refuted the claims of women and said that he only used medical residents as donors and that each one was only used for three pregnancies. Moreover, ClineHe also claimed that he used fresh Sperm samples from 1971-81 and then switched to frozen samples obtained from a laboratory.
NotJust that. ClineHe claimed that he had thrown out all patient files after seven years, as per standard protocol. While the AG’s probe continued, JacobaAnd KristyThey started collecting evidence on their behalf. TheyWhen half-siblings began to appear, I started to create a family tree and found that all of them were related. Dr. Cline’s relatives. TheyZeroed in upon SylviaHis first cousin and he deduced that he had either used his own sperm, or one from a family member.
InIn the meantime, one of their half-siblings reached out to reporter Angela Ganote of Fox59 and shared her story using the name “Carrie.’ TheAlthough he was not mentioned by her, other half-siblings were discovered after her report was published. AngelaThe case was also reported to the Marion County Prosecutor’s office for further action. JacobaAnd KristyReached out to DougAnd Donna — Cline’s kids with his wife Audrey — who shared he had confessed to having donated his own samples to the sperm bank. AlthoughHe insisted that it was only eight times, and that it was given to him in the laboratory.
When the AG’s investigations revealed that the lab had no records of the doctor, DougHe confronted his father to learn that there were more than eight donor offspring. Furthermore, Jacobacalled ClineThe conversation was recorded and used as evidence. HeHe tried to convince her with religious verses, but she refused to believe him. In2016 early Jacoba, Kristy, and four additional half-siblings. Dr. ClineThis is the first time. HeHe then revealed that he had used his sample of semen around 50 times, but defended his actions by saying that it was to help mothers wanting children.
DespiteAll the mothers who felt violated were able to feel the collective anguish ClineAs there were no laws, he was not charged for sexual assault and battery. IndianapolisThat supported survivors of donor fraud However, for lying to the AG’s office, ClineTwo counts of obstruction of justice were brought against him. December2017 he pleaded guilty both to the charges. RegardlessHe was only fined $500 and his one-year sentence was dropped due to his age, and the support of the local community.
JacobaShe and her half-siblings were very dejected to see. ClineWalk free and stated multiple times in her impact statements that he had lied. She added, “I isolate myself from family and friends. In addition to questioning and doubting others, I also question … the purpose of my life.” ThusShe knew that her fight for justice was not over and she resolved to continue fighting for better laws.
Where is Jacoba Ballard Now?
ThanksTo Jacoba Ballard and her half-siblings’ persistent efforts, Indiana2018 saw the adoption of legislation that made it possible to Illicit donor inseminations are illegal SheShe continues to track her other half-siblings, offering support as she finds them. WhenThe documentary was being shot, 94 of Dr. Cline’s donor offspring had been found, and the number kept rising.
TheIt’s a nightmare JacobaIt hasn’t ended yet, and she shared in a May2022 interview: She fears telling another half-sibling about the cruel reality of their biological dad. “So many of them don’t even know they were donor-conceived, and some believed they came from their dad’s sperm…Every time we get a new match I give them this news, and it’s like I’m ruining their life,” she disclosed.
AsAs far as we know, JacobaCurrently, you are in Reelsville, Indianapolis, isA public advocate against fraud in fertility. EvenDespite having suffered so much, her voice has been heard by many others like her. She has also actively helped to create the Donor Conceived CommunityGroup to support the offspring of donors NowShe was in her early 40s JacobaHer efforts continue to help not only her half-siblings, but also unrelated people who have experienced a similar life crisis.
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