Against seminal principles: ethics, hubris, and lessons to learn from illicit inseminations

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Volume 110, Issue 6, Pages 1003–1005

Authors:

Jody Madeira, J.D., M.S., Ph.D., Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M., Mark V. Sauer, M.D., M.S.

Abstract:

So I never conceptualized this kind of deception and betrayal. I expected the doctors to be truthful and honest… If he had told me that he didn't have enough donors and he had said, “Hey, I have more women on the list for insemination, I don't have enough donors,” … I would not like hearing that, but I can handle it… Had he told me it was going to be him using his own semen I would have been absolutely creeped out.

—Judith, research interview


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Micah J Hill 11 months ago

Wow...  I had heard about the Irvine case, but not all of the others.  Its mind blowing that any physician could engage in illicit insemination.  I hope that the authors are correct that modern standards of testing and chain of custody would make this nearly impossible to occur today, but its a sad state that ethical principals alone could not prevent this.   Thank you for this Inkling.