Artificial Insemination and the Genetic Defect Crisis: A Review of Quality Control and Crisis Management

  • C. F. D. Ackman
  • Jacques E. Rioux


The positive aspects of artificial insemination are the subject of much enthusiastic attention by both patients and medical personnel involved. The spectre of a genetic crisis is frequently mentioned but seldom examined in detail. Although reasonable efforts are made by most competent clinics to screen out donor defects, it is inevitable that a genetic crisis will eventually arise in most clinics. In addition, a child born with congenital abnormalities will frequently have a dramatic impact on previously repressed psychological stresses or stresses associated with the act of artificial insemination. This article reports such a crisis and examines the implications of quality control for semen donors and the importance of a carefully planned group effort and a contingency plan for such an event.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. F. D. Ackman
    • 1
  • Jacques E. Rioux
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of UrologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyCentre Hospitalier de l’Université LavalQuebecCanada

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