Although written forty-four years ago, this article provides a foundational analysis of the then-nascent beginnings of the legalization of artificial insemination from the judicial posture taken by the state of California to the legislative stance of Oklahoma. Analyzing the consequences of artificial insemination by a donor (A.I.D.) and by a woman’s husband (A.I.H.), the consequences of these procedures on family law — and especially illegitimacy — inheritance, and adultery, are studied and evaluated.
In order to provide some degree of stability and predictability to this obviously contentious area within Law, Science, and Medicine, this article urges measured experimentation in genetics — with a goal as such to improve the overall quality of health in the population and, thus, minimize suffering and promote the public welfare by lowering the lifetime costs of health maintenance.
George P. Smith II, Through a Test Tube Darkly: Artificial Insemination and the Law, 67 MICH. L. REV. 127 (1968).