A former Grand Junction fertility doctor is being sued once again for allegedly using his own sperm to inseminate a patient seeking an anonymous donor.
In the lawsuit — filed Friday in Mesa County District Court — Betty and Karl Stephens, along with their daughter Nichole Long, said a DNA test this year revealed that Long had at least 17 other half-siblings, all connected by Dr. Paul B. Jones.
At least six families already have sued Jones for the same thing, alleging he promised donor sperm to women who could not get pregnant, but instead used his own. Families only realized this after taking DNA tests such as 23andMe or Ancestry.com and found Jones to be the common denominator.
Betty and Karl Stephens said in the complaint that they sought out Jones in 1981 for fertility treatment. Jones, the couple alleged, told them that the donor sperm would be produced by an anonymous donor and that the individual would be “young, healthy and either a Mesa College student or a member of the business community,” the complaint says.
It wasn’t until Long took the DNA test this year that the family found out Jones had used his own sperm instead, the lawsuit alleged.
Jones, reached by phone Tuesday, declined to comment.
The family also claimed that Jones carried cystic fibrosis, and that several of the half-siblings connected to Jones also have the genetic disease, which can cause persistent lung infections and limit an individual’s ability to breathe.
The lawsuit also named Women’s Healthcare of Western Colorado and Dr. Stephen Meacham, who the family alleged “knowingly used Dr. Jones’ semen to inseminate his patients as well.” Meacham and the representatives with the health clinic also declined to comment.
Jones surrendered his medical license in 2019, soon after the first lawsuits were filed against his alleged practices.
The case also prompted Colorado lawmakers to take action, making it a felony crime for doctors to inseminate patients with their own sperm without a patient’s permission.
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