A retired Vermont doctor accused of impregnating two patients with his own sperm in artificial insemination procedures in the 1970s has had his medical license permanently revoked.

A retired Vermont doctor accused of impregnating two patients with his own sperm in artificial insemination procedures in the 1970s has had his medical license permanently revoked. In an order signed Friday, the Vermont Board of Medical Practice reprimanded Dr. John Coates III and revoked his license. Coates, who practiced in central Vermont in the 1970s, specializing in obstetrics and gynecological care, according to the board, and is facing lawsuits from two women. A Florida couple sued Coates in U.S. District Court 2018, accusing him of being the father of their daughter due to an artificial insemination procedure in 1977. Last year, a Colorado woman also sued Coates, accusing him of using his own genetic material when he artificially inseminated her in 1978 at what was then the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. Both women said Coates agreed to inseminate them with donor material from an unnamed medical student. Both women complained to the board. Coates’ attorney Peter Joslin said his client disagrees with the board’s decision. Coates also must pay a $4,000 administrative penalty. His attorney submitted a letter stating that Coates was surrendering his medical license permanently, saying that “Dr. Coates retired from medical practice in 2008. He is now 80 years old. The events that are at issue occurred more than forty years ago. Dr. Coates regrets the circumstances giving rise to the charges.”

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