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September 9, 1988

Artificial Insemination Faces Regulation, Testing of Donor Semen, Other Measures

JAMA. 1988;260(10):1339-1340. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410100019005

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ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION is facing stricter controls. If the Food and Drug Administration does not take steps to regulate the screening and testing of donor semen and measures to ensure its safety, says Senator Albert Gore (D-Tenn), then "we will take appropriate action."

Gore also says he intends to introduce legislation establishing a national data bank on semen donors. He says steps will be taken to ensure that, while the identity of semen donors is kept confidential, those children conceived by such procedures will have access to the medical and genetic histories of the donors. At the moment, he says, less than half the physicians doing this procedure will release nonidentifying medical information on donors.

Gore says the federal government already has authority to develop a mandatory system ensuring that all semen used for artificial insemination is adequately screened and tested and that standards are enforced. He is calling on physicians