Medicine: Artificial Bastards?

From November 1942 to January 1944 Frank Hoch of Chicago was away from home, in the Army. When he was discharged and went home, he found his wife Lorraine two months pregnant. She told him his only rival was a test tube, but he sued for divorce anyway. Last fortnight in Chicago, Circuit Judge Michael Feinberg granted Frank Hoch his divorce—but on other incriminating evidence. Artificial insemination, he ruled, is legally insufficient for a divorce on grounds of adultery.

Judge Feinberg's ruling established the first U.S. precedent in a curious legal problem. The first reported case of human artificial insemination occurred in...

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