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Coming up on Connections: Friday, September 17

Sep 17, 2021

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First hour: Previewing the Green Games

Second hour: Discussing issues surrounding donor conception

Local youth climate leaders are gearing up for the Green Games. It’s an initiative where they’ll challenge their peers across the Rochester/Finger Lakes region to take action when it comes to combatting climate change. They join us to talk about Meatless Mondays, fossil fuel divestment, an art challenge and more. Our guests:

  • Bridget Mousaw, junior at Brighton High School, leader of the Brighton High School Climate Club, and Rochester field organizer for the New York Youth Climate Leaders
  • Poppy Burack, 8th grader at School of the Arts, who is trying to bring back SOTA's Climate Club
  • Lola DeAscentiis, senior at Mercy High School, member of the New York Youth Climate Leaders, and participant in the ROC City Compost Pilot program 
  • Harrison Jurenko, senior at School of the Arts, and member of the Seneca Park Zoo Urban Ecologist program

Then in our second hour, a local OB/GYN is accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate multiple women. Dr. Morris Wortman is now being sued by a former patient – a woman who says he is her biological father. A second adult has come forward, saying Wortman is also his father. The story has led to questions surrounding donor conception. What does the law state? What rights do patients – and their children – have? Our guests this hour discuss a range of issues. Our guests:

  • Tyler Brown, reporter with 13 WHAM News 
  • CJ Lore, Rochester resident who says he is the biological child of Dr. Morris Wortman
  • Greg Franklin, adoptions and assisted fertility attorney with Ashcraft, Franklin & Young, LLP
  • Lindsey Wrobel, one of 32 donor-conceived siblings in the same family