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The term artificial insemination has been replaced with intrauterine insemination in medical terminology; however, artificial insemination continues to be used as a common term in both legal and religious contexts. The procedure involves an injection of semen, received via donor, into a vagina. For decades, the use of artificial insemination has challenged biological family ties and social constructions of childhood, situated as secretive and shameful for much of its history. This entry examines artificial insemination’s development, concerns about the procedure at different points in history, and why some religious groups continue to object to the practice.

Development of Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination is one option within assisted reproduction technologies. It does not have as high a success rate as in vitro fertilization, but it can be more ...

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