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April 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(18):1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350030016

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 1638) is a current appraisal of the medicolegal aspects of artificial insemination. The paucity of law relating to the procedure suggests that the public has given little serious consideration to its many implications. There are legal, social, and moral questions associated with the use of the procedure that have not been resolved. The rights of husbands, wives, children, donors, and physicians are not clear. The obligations and liabilities of all who participate in or who are affected by artificial insemination procedures are subject to conjecture and doubt. Medicine has made a scientific procedure available to society, but until the people individually and collectively determine and express public policy, in the form of legislation or otherwise, the uncertainties associated with the procedure will remain.

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