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Nevada outlaws fertility fraud after Vegas doctor used own sperm to impregnate patients without consent

Cathy Holm was newly married and settling into her new Las Vegas home in the early 1960s when she and her husband were having trouble conceiving. “All my friends were having babies. We didn’t have one,” Holm said in the trailer for the 2020 HBO documentary Baby God. “Nobody had any solutions until I went to Dr. Fortier.” Quincy Fortier was an esteemed fertility specialist at the time, receiving honors later in his career such as the 1991 Nevada Physician of the Year. He was also the commander of a medical reserve unit at Nellis Air Force Base, an elected official to the Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and a key player in the development of Faith Lutheran Academy in Las Vegas, according to Saha Salahi, an intern for Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), who helped present SB309, to outlaw fertility fraud, in April.


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