GREAT BRITAIN: The Riddle of Birth

Scotsman Ronald MacLennan and his wife Margaret, a professional ice skater, separated in 1954. Margaret crossed the Atlantic to live in Brooklyn, where, more than a year later, she gave birth to a daughter. In Scotland, Ronald brought suit for divorce, charging that she must have committed adultery. Margaret's reply: the baby was the result of artificial insemination. Her husband answered that, even if this were true, he had never agreed to her adopting such a course.

Was such an act adultery? A sin, or a triumph of science? Last week these questions...

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