Is homologous artificial insemination permitted by the Church?


Can a procedure called homologous artificial insemination be permitted as a licit treatment for male infertility?

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Homologous artificial insemination and fertilization are immoral. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2377) specifically addresses these techniques:

Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible [than techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife by the intrusion of a person other than the couple], 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.

Even so, the Church recognizes an exception “for those cases in which the technical means is not a substitute for the conjugal act but serves to facilitate and to help so that the act attains its natural purpose” (Donum Vitae, 6).

For more details on this see Impermissible Cases of Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH).

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