Artificial Insemination

Is this a sin in the Roman Catholic religion? If you are still a virgin until marriage, but chose before marriage to be artificially inseminated?

To be simple:
May a unwed woman have artificial insemination if she has not had sex, and does not until marriage? Would that be a sin?

From the Catechism:

"2376 Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other.”

"2377 Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible, yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another, but one that “entrusts the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children.” “Under the moral aspect procreation is deprived of its proper perfection when it is not willed as the fruit of the conjugal act, that is to say, of the specific act of the spouses’ union . . . . Only respect for the link between the meanings of the conjugal act and respect for the unity of the human being make possible procreation in conformity with the dignity of the person.”

Yes, AI is a sin against the Sixth Commandment. See the Vatican Document Donum Vitae for a full explanation of the sinful nature of this procedure.

AI is gravely wrong in all circumstances, single woman, married couple, etc.



What about Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, is this even remotely like?

Not even remotely.

I just realize how that sounded… No not even…


You might be interested on what the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has to say about Artificial Insemination and other Assisted reproduction procedures:

They have a great rule of thumb:

"Any procedure which assists marital intercourse in reaching its procreative potential is moral

Procedures which add a “third party” into the act of conception, or which substitute a laboratory procedure for intercourse, are not acceptable. "

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