“Making man” lost his way, how can he know how to return?

  Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the case “Roe v. Wade”, which established that women’s abortion rights are protected by the Constitution, causing a great uproar in the United States for a while.
  With the development of the times, women’s awareness of reproductive rights has gradually increased, and people’s interpretations of “reproduction” and “reproduction” are also changing. It seems outdated, and people want to have a greater initiative to “create people”.
  Pregnant but didn’t want it, so people developed artificial abortion technology, which is what we commonly call “abortion”. And when people want but can’t conceive, people have developed artificial assisted reproductive technology, such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer and so on. So, have such technologies related to “man-making” rescued human beings from the reproductive predicament? Are there greater dangers?
  Today we are not talking about the abortion rights scandal, but another social event that has caused heated discussions in the United States because of “artificial insemination”: our “father”.
our “father”

  In May of this year, Netflix revealed an astonishing “human creation” through a documentary called “Our Father.”

As of the completion of the documentary, a total of 94 people have been born through Klein artificial insemination

  In the 1970s and 1980s, an obstetrician named Donald Cline made a name for himself in Indiana. One of his most acclaimed techniques, “artificial insemination,” has given hope to many infertile families. So, many people came here admiringly.
  One of these “artificial insemination” children was named Jacoba Ballard. She found out from a young age that her blonde and blue-eyed self looked very different from her family. So at the age of 35, she took a DNA genealogy service and was surprised to find that there were seven half-siblings in the database.
  Under Indiana law at the time, a sperm donor could only give sperm to a maximum of three women. With seven now, Jacoba realized something was amiss.
  So she started investigating and found more and more “siblings” in the DNA system. She began to contact these people one by one, and finally found clues in the family history: their father was probably Klein, the obstetrician and gynecologist of the year.
  According to the recollections of doctors and nurses at the clinic during the same period, there were only a handful of doctors who mastered artificial insemination techniques at that time. Klein often did not let others watch and assist during the operation, and only kept himself and the pregnant woman indoors. Since the temperature of the sperm sample for artificial insemination is very critical, it is inferred that he must masturbate and ejaculate in another room of the clinic, and then immediately bring the semen to the consultation room and inject it into the patient to improve the success rate.
  With the participation of reporters and prosecutors in the investigation, finally through DNA testing, Klein was indeed the father of Jacoba and others. As of the completion of the documentary, a total of 94 children were born as a result of his secret sperm donation.
  This number is staggering. The scary thing is that the DNA testing database only contains information about people who participated in the service, which means that the actual number may be higher. Most of the siblings born through Klein’s artificial insemination even live within 40 kilometers.
  However, because when Klein was indicted, Indiana had no relevant laws to support his conviction, and there was no enforced state limit on the number of artificial inseminations, so in the end, prosecutors could only obstruct justice by creating false documents and deliberately misleading the investigation. Prosecute fairly. Klein was eventually fined $500, had his doctor’s license revoked, and was put on probation for a year. The lightness of the punishment is visible to the naked eye.
  Even more frightening is that the documentary mentioned that, according to the DNA testing system, there are 44 other doctors like Klein who use their own sperm for artificial insemination.

  Under Indiana law at the time, a sperm donor could only give sperm to a maximum of three women.
Science “creates man” needs to be more careful

  In fact, this documentary only revealed the tip of the iceberg. Problem cases caused by “artificial insemination” in this world occur from time to time.
  In April 2013, a 50-year-old British neuroscientist, Gennadij Raivich, was arrested for sexual assault. He claimed that he had donated sperm for many years and had 49 children born. In the UK, by law, a sperm donor can donate sperm to up to 10 women. Ravitch said the women who accused him of sexual assault were only the beneficiaries of his sperm donations.
  In December 2020, according to Australian media reports, Alan Phan, a 40-year-old Vietnamese sperm donor in Victoria, secretly provided sperm to others within a year and gave birth to 23 children. According to the relevant laws of Victoria, a sperm donor can donate sperm to up to 10 women in a lifetime. Van Allen said that when he found out how desperate those women were for a child, he had a hard time turning them down and said he donated sperm to three women in one day.
  At the end of 2020, the British “Sun” also reported that a 104-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist Philip Peven (Philip Peven), a 104-year-old gynecologist living in Michigan, USA, had done research in the Chicago area in the 1950s and secretly Sperm donation has resulted in more than 100 women becoming pregnant.
  Also, in February 2022, according to Japanese media reports, a man in Japan had sex with the other party in the name of sperm donation, causing both spouses to accuse each other of adultery. The opportunity for the sexual relationship was that the sperm donation center introduced the two parties for an interview, and the two parties did not continue through the sperm donation center, but had actual sex. Similar to the United States, Japan has no enforced national limits on the number of artificial inseminations.

  When “making man” goes astray, this scientific approach that was originally used to help many infertile families have their own children has become a hidden danger of crime and moral problems. Regardless of the motive, the appearance and birth of life should not be taken lightly and so casually.
Call for laws to control hidden dangers

  In artificial insemination, what harm can such a chaotic event bring?
  The first involves ethical issues. Just imagine, Jacoba in the aforementioned case, if she meets a loved one locally when she is an adult, and it turns out that the DNA test shows that they are close relatives, how will she deal with it? If Jacoba also has infertility problems after getting married as an adult, she also comes to accept artificial insemination, and the final sperm donor is the same person as the mother’s sperm donor back then, what should I do? And what if Jacoba’s sperm donor was her half-brother?
  Therefore, in order to avoid the ethical problems of close relatives and the accompanying physical health problems, the law should strengthen supervision and strictly limit the number of artificial inseminations.
  It must be mentioned that Dr. Klein in the aforementioned case actually suffered from some congenital immune diseases. This also means that, from a medical point of view, he is not eligible to donate sperm at all. Facts have also proved that many of his “children” have similar diseases.
  When he used too much of his own sperm for artificial insemination, he also passed on the risk of some genetic disease to the next generation, which could have been avoided. Therefore, strict screening of sperm quantity and quality should be an indispensable part of artificial insemination technology.
  In addition to the issue of offspring ethics, there are many potential risks that need to be taken into account in assisted reproductive technology, such as the choice of gender, intelligence, race, appearance, etc.; the issue of intergenerational pregnancy; the issue of embryo ownership after divorce between husband and wife, and the issue of donation Whether the sperm method involves the issue of sexual assault, etc.
  If the law does not strictly control such hidden dangers, more bizarre social incidents are bound to happen. Because it is difficult for us to use people’s “rationality” to measure people’s “sinful nature”.
  In 2018, with the joint efforts of Jacoba and his siblings, Indiana passed relevant laws and regulations to prevent similar illegal artificial insemination from happening again. This seems to be a good sign.
  The human reproductive predicament may not end easily.

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