Results of Heterologous Insemination at the University of Berne Gynecology Clinic
Heterologous insemination in cases of androgenic sterility and genetic disease is an alternative to adoption. Many married couples in whom there exists androgenic sterility or genetic problems are doubtful concerning the personal characteristics of an adopted child; they believe that a heterologous insemination creates better psychological and genetic conditions than adoption for happy parenthood. In probably every country in Europe, the legal aspects are still to some extent unresolved. In accordance with Art. 256 of the Swiss Code of Civil Law, however, a husband has no just cause for complaint if he has agreed to the effecting of procreation through a third party. It is, of course, still unclear whether a child possesses its own right of appeal, if it has not been established that it is legally the child of the presumed father. In spite of the unclear legal situation and the moral-theological problems, the number of married couples desiring artificial insemination is increasing rapidly.
KeywordsCystic Fibrosis Married Couple Artificial Insemination Adopted Child Intrauterine Death
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