Netflix just released a new stomach-churning true crime documentary titled Our Father about former fertility doctor Donald Cline. If you are a fan of investigative films then this feature from Netflix and Blumhouse is one you won’t want to miss.
For those unfamiliar, Cline was a respected doctor in Indianapolis between the 1970s and 1990s. He helped many women get pregnant via insemination. But unbeknownst to his clients, Cline would regularly use his own sperm instead of the anonymous donor sperm (or, in some cases, their husband’s sperm), leading to him having dozens of children. The documentary follows Jacoba Ballard and her pursuit of justice against Cline for his crimes.
If you’ve watched Our Father or you’re just interested in learning more about Cline, here is some helpful information.
Our Father: Did Donald Cline go to jail?
No. Donald Cline was never sentenced to jail for his crimes. Despite the fact he inseminated countless women with his own sperm without their consent.
Cline lied to investigators and was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. No other charges were ever filed against him because there was no specific law in Indiana (or on a federal level) prohibiting a doctor from using his sperm in place of a donor.
Ultimately, the judge appeared sympathetic to Cline, based on the documentary, and all he got was a fine and a suspended prison sentence. Later, he was stripped of his medical license, so that’s something, I guess.
Our Father: Is Donald Cline still alive?
Most likely Donald Cline is still alive. There are no reports suggesting otherwise.
Our Father: Where is Donald Cline now?
We do not know where Cline is now. He is keeping a low-profile and his whereabouts are unknown, though he is probably living in or near the same community in Indiana.
Our Father: Who is Donald Cline’s wife?
According to News Unzip, Cline’s wife is a woman named Susie Cline who also received gynecological treatment from her husband. In Our Father, Cline expresses concern that his wife would leave him if she found out what he did. He had two children with Susie, Donna and Doug Cline.
How many children did Donald Cline have?
Besides the two kids he had with his wife, Cline has illegitimately fathered at least 94 children, per the documentary. But there might be more out there.
Stream Our Father on Netflix now.