Eve Wiley, a resident of Preston Hollow, Texas, is advocating for the Texas legislature to make fertility fraud a crime after genetic tests revealed her mother’s fertility doctor is her biological father.
Wiley, now 31, tracked down her mother’s sperm donor 14 years ago and established a relationship with him.
In a revealing interview with ABC News Wiley explained genetic tests on 23andMe and Ancestry.com revealed that obstetrician-gynecologist Kim McMorries is her biological father:
McMorries has admitted that he had taken a sample of his own sperm and inserted it into Wiley’s mother, Margo Williams of Texarkana, saying that he did so after several attempts to impregnate Williams with the sperm of other donors failed.
McMorries has “defended his actions as consistent with artificial insemination practices in the mid-1980s,” according to Dallas News, writing in a letter to Wiley:
“Since I had been a donor while in medical school … I spoke with one of my mentors … and he said they were having better success by mixing samples. He suggested first taking the patient’s husbands [sic] sample and combining it with the donor … If the husband’s sample was too poor, then combining two donor samples might do better.”
“The thinking at that time was that if the patient got pregnant, there was no way to know which sperm affected the conception … No one ever considered the effect of genetic testing 32 years later. I believe this may have been what happened in your mother’s case.”
“It is easy to look back and judge protocols/standards used 33 years ago and assume they were wrong in today’s environment. However, it was not wrong 33 years ago as that was acceptable practice for the times.”
McMorries insists Williams gave him permission to combine his sperm with that from a local donor in East Texas.
Williams disputes this account:
“Absolutely not. That just didn’t happen. I told him I didn’t want a local donor.”
After ABC contacted him, McMorries admitted that he “knows of ‘1-2’ women who became pregnant after he mixed in his own sperm,” a reveal which has opened him up to further criticism.
How is Dr Kim McMorries office still open? ???? #ABC2020— D (@Journeyadestin) May 4, 2019
I think this doctor deserves a government mandated vasectomy.— Max (@MWDpond) April 7, 2019
The #txlege wastes so much time with meaningless debate over nonsense. It’d be awesome if they could do something truly meaningful this session. #evestexaslaw #abc2020 #DrKimMcMorries out there in #nacanowhere should hang his head in shame. #fertilityfraud https://t.co/KATidNBy9K— Cynical Mom (@ThisCynicalMom) May 4, 2019
Wiley has since traveled to Austin and met with lawmakers to advocate for Senate Bill 1259, a measure that would make it a crime for a health services provider to implant human reproductive material from an unauthorized source without the patient’s consent.
The bill would make such actions a state felony. Offenders would receive between six months and two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
The Texas State Senate unanimously approved the bill last month and have sent the bill to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.