HBO 'Baby God' Preview: Who was Quincy Fortier? Here's how the fertility doctor deceived thousands of patients
Was he a smart, intelligent doctor who took risks with his career? Or was he a man who deceived countless women struggling to conceive by using his own sperm without their knowledge or consent?
In a thrilling new trailer, HBO's latest documentary 'Baby God' brings you the hideous truth behind the very successful male doctor Dr Quincy Fortier. For several years, the Nevada fertility specialist was known for his contribution to the field of gynecology, building hospitals around Las Vegas where women struggling to get pregnant would find their answers.
This promise of giving their lives a new lease came as a blessing for many couples who could not have children as easily and had to look towards artificial insemination at the hands of a trusted doctor in Dr Quincy Fortier, who many considered the pillar of their communities. But never in their worst nightmares had these women imagined that their bodies and lives would be violated inside the walls of Fortier's hospitals. 'Baby God' tells the terrifying story of the aftermath of Fortier's medical adventures, ripples that are being felt even today, decades after his death in 2006.
His work in the field of artificial insemination was celebrated right till the last years of his life when he was drowning in lawsuits. But who was Dr Quincy Fortier? Was he a smart, intelligent doctor who took risks with his career? Or was he a man who deceived countless women struggling to conceive by using his own sperm without their knowledge or consent? 'Baby God' attempts to answer this.
Despite the very public life he lived towards the end of his career, there is very little information available on his past. The documentary reveals that he was born on September 16, 1912, and had an unusual interest in infertility at a young age. Growing up on his farm, the family had three cows. One of which only got pregnant once and never again. This incident sparked intrigue in the young Fortier to explore that science. He began his general practice in Pioche in 1945, and later went on to open the Women's Hospital in Las Vegas in 1961. It is here where he earned his fame and built his million-dollar legacy. But the lawsuits soon started coming in and he spent the last years of his life in lawsuits that alleged he sexually abused his children and impregnated patients with his sperm without their knowledge or consent.
The HBO documentary is directed by Hannah Olson and follows the filmmaker as she digs deeper into the lives of those Quincy Fortier fathered. And how even today, they have a hard time wrapping their heads around the crime that gave them lives. As one of Fortier's hundreds of offsprings Brad Gulko, a PhD in human genomics, says in the documentary, "Dr Fortier found a way in his own mind to justify doing what he wanted to do. Being the result of that kind of decision, I'm still struggling with that."
The 1 hour 18 minutes documentary 'Baby God' will be releasing on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 9 pm ET on HBO and HBO Max. On-demand, it will be available on Thursday, December 3, 2020.