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October 7, 1950

ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION: A Plea for Standardization of Donors

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Beverly Hills, Calif.

JAMA. 1950;144(6):461. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060023007

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The present status of heterologous artificial insemination is so replete with medical and legal hindrances that it is obligatory for the physician practicing this procedure to be most cautious and exacting in the selection of a donor.

In spite of the reluctance of practitioners to indulge in artificial insemination, there is an ever increasing demand for this procedure. The difficulties of and objections to adoption are numerous: The denial of motherhood to a woman capable of childbearing, the costly investment and legal delays, the frequent uncertainty of the adopted child's heredity and the stigma of apparent infertility are the most serious.

In cases in which the medical, legal and religious objections to artificial insemination are satisfactorily hurdled and in which the psychologic screening of the infertile couple indicates stable personalities, this procedure is warranted. The remaining problem is that of obtaining a donor who is physically and mentally acceptable and

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