Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 13: Artificial Insemination Baby Illegitimate

On this date in History ..... 1954:

The Illinois State Supreme Court ruled in Doornbos v Doornbos that a child conceived via artificial insemination with donor sperm that did not belong to the husband, was considered illegitimate and the husband was not the father, regardless of whether the husband had given his consent for the insemination. The husband in this divorce case therefore had no obligation to pay child support AND had no rights to the child.
The Cook County Court ruled the practice was “contrary to public policy and good morals.” 
It was a California 1968 case, 14 years later, that first determined that artificial insemination was not an adulterous action and the resulting child WAS “legitimate”.

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