Kotikokura (kotikokura) wrote,

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The family as a matter of course must ever be the bed-rock of human society. But it is estimated that at present there are not less than three and one-half million bachelor-women in the United States. It is fair to presume that hundreds of these, if not thousands would, if married, quite likely be miserable wives with an equal number of wretched husbands! Human society should provide for such as these. ...

The heart-yearnings for maternity by worth unmarried women can be gratified outside of wedlock without losing self-respect or social recognition. There will always be enough to choose family life to maintain its stability, but, I repeat that motherhood and purity do not depend on wifehood and taht in well ordered society we might have respected bachelor mothers. The operative procedure of artifical impregnation is simple, painless and without risk. ...

However, the world is not yet ready for this innocation. Perhaps it will be by the beginning of the twenty-first century.

-- Dr. E. B. Foote, Sr., Plain Home Talk on Love, Marriage & Parentage (1900 edition)

According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.

Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.

As it the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of artificial reproduction."

-- "The Crime of 'Unauthorized Reproduction'", Laura McPhee
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