Medicine: Doctors' Dilemma

The rights & wrongs of artificial insemination were hotly debated last week by delegates to the Congress of Catholic Doctors in Rome. Up to that time, there had been no authoritative word on the subject from the Vatican.

Said Dr. Jesus Bacala of the Philippines: artificial insemination, in cases where a donor's semen is used without the husband's knowledge or consent, is obviously immoral, obnoxious and illegal. More thorny are cases in which the husband's consent is given. Said Bacala: "The fact that a woman has to obtain semen other than her husband's has an adulterous tinge." Besides, the methods of obtaining...

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