A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts claims that Dr. Merle Berger, a former Harvard Medical School professor and co-founder of Boston IVF, used his own sperm without consent in an insemination procedure conducted in 1980. Sarah Depoian and her husband sought fertility assistance from Dr. Berger, who allegedly assured them that the sperm used would be from an anonymous donor resembling her husband. However, DNA test results obtained last year by Depoian’s daughter, Carolyn Bester, revealed Dr. Berger as her biological father.
Depoian’s lawsuit, which describes the incident as an “extreme violation,” seeks damages and alleges that Dr. Berger intentionally used his own sperm without consent. Dr. Berger’s legal team denies the allegations, stating they lack legal or factual merit and will be disproven in court. Boston IVF Fertility Clinic, where Dr. Berger was affiliated, clarified that the incident occurred before his employment at the clinic and before the company’s existence.
This case echoes previous instances of fertility doctors accused of using their own sperm to impregnate patients, highlighting ethical concerns and the need for transparency in assisted reproductive procedures.