Washington Law Review Online

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Doctors in multiple states have been accused of using their own sperm to impregnate patients without the patient’s consent. Because most states do not have laws prohibiting fertility doctors from using their own sperm to impregnate their patients, families have not been able to seek meaningful legal remedies. State legislatures enacted new fertility fraud laws to deter, criminalize, and provide a legal civil cause of action to those harmed by these actions—but only after these allegations came to light. If the Washington State Legislature creates a law before any similar allegations come to light in Washington, those patients harmed in Washington will have a civil remedy against fertility doctors, unlike patients in other states. To protect Washington patients from the same legal fate, the legislature needs to act proactively and enact a new law against fertility fraud.