Posted By LAF Editor on February 2, 2016
The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is so common nowadays that it’s easy to forget how quickly social attitudes have changed. The Atlantic recently published a feature about the early days of artificial reproductive technology under the headline “The First Artificial Insemination Was an Ethical Nightmare: The 19th-century procedure involved lies, a secrecy pledge, and sperm from a surprise donor”.
The implication is that that contemporary ART is far more ethical than it was in the bad old days. Is that true — or has it just been dusted off and given a fresh coat of paint?
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