‘Very Validating’: Texas House Advances Dallas Woman's Bill to Make Fertility Fraud a Crime

AUSTIN -- The House tentatively agreed with a Dallas woman Thursday that Texas laws need to catch up with medical advances and make fertility fraud a crime.On a voice vote, the House advanced a Senate-passed bill that would make unauthorized implantation of "human reproductive material," without a patient's consent, a new category of sexual assault."In the past few years, there have been a growing number of what is referred to as 'daddy doctors' -- cases in which through DNA testing, fertility doctors [who] were hired to perform in vitro fertilization using an anonymous sperm donor were discovered to have used ... their own sperm instead," said Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.Her voice halting with emotion, Klick, the bill's House sponsor, said, "Current law does not prohibit a physician from using his own sperm to impregnate a patient."More than a dozen of her female colleagues and a handful of male House members stood behind Klick as she spoke.  Continue reading...

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