Why Dr. Quincy Fortier Of ‘Baby God’ Never Lost His Medical License For Committing Fertility Fraud – Women’s Health

HBOs newest documentary, Baby God, tells the story of Nevada fertility specialist Dr. Quincy Fortier, who inseminated his patients with his own sperm without their knowledge or consent. In interviews conducted with some of his many children, the documentary paints a picture of a man who, at one point, many considered to be a renowned medical mind, but, as the truth came out, was exposed as a manipulative fraud living by his own corrupt moral code.

Unfortunately, even when the truth was exposed, it didnt do much by way of slowing down Dr. Fortier's career, holding him accountable, stripping him of his medical license, or earning him prison time.

Instead, he and his lawyers settled any cases brought against him in court and enforced a gag order on the mothers whod discovered hed never actually used their husbands sperm to impregnate them as they had intended and paid him to do. Dr. Fortier continued to practice with little to no repercussion for his actions until his death at 93 years old in 2006. In fact, in 1991, he was named Nevadas Doctor Of the Year, per the Las Vegas Review Journal.

According to the documentary, Dr. Fortiers lawyers claimed Nevada law doesnt explicitly say doctors cant use their own semen on their patients. You might ask, now that people know about Dr. Fortier (and the numerous other doctors whove abused their power in similar ways), surely there are laws in place now, right? Not exactly.

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And Nevada is not one of them. Indiana and Texas are the only two states with laws making it illegal for physicians to misrepresent how they'll use reproductive materials, like semen, in fertility treatments. In Texas, anyone found guilty of fertility fraud will also be charged with sexual assault, put on a sex offenders list, and possibly face jail time.

Californias law makes it illegal for "anyone to knowingly use sperm, ova, or embryos in assisted reproduction technology, for any purpose other than that indicated by the sperm, ova, or embryo provider's signature on a written consent form." It doesnt specifically call out physicians, nor is fertility fraud considered sexual assault.

Indiana, Texas, and California have all seen cases in which fertility doctors whove used their own semen in treatment were sued. Legislative change only came about afterward because the families who'd already been deceived petitioned for it. It is in no way the responsibility of the victims to push for legislative changesthough, in this case, it proved successful.

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Dr. Fortier was first sued in 1996. Mary Craddock, whod gone to Dr. Fortier for treatment twice in the 1970s, discovered the truth about her two childrens paternity and took him to court. Craddock gave testimony during the trial in 2001, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, but, just two days later, the trial suddenly ended and the case was confidentially settled out of court.

When Dr. Fortier was sued again after Patrick Fullmer discovered he wasnt father to his two children, the case was, again, confidentially settled out of court in 2006the same year Dr. Fortier died.

Today, both cases are sealed, and the investigation launched by the state Board of Medical Examinersthe people who give doctors their licensesinto Dr. Fortier's career was dropped after his death. "He died and we dropped the case when he died," Lyn Beggs told Las Vegas Review Journal. "If a doctor is dead, there is no public benefit in digging this stuff up. Our role is not to dig up stuff from 35 years ago, but to protect the public here and now." Except that hasn't happened.

Even if the Craddock and Fullmer families wanted to petition their lawmakers, the gag orders imposed on them as part of their settlements prevent them from speaking out. Until legislative changes are enacted in Nevada, its feasible that a doctor could still get away with fertility fraud today.

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