The UI History of Medicine Society invites you to “Test Tube Babies During America’s Baby Boom: Artificial Insemination in Law and Medicine,” presented by Kara Swanson, JD, PhD, of Northeastern University, from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2117 MERF. Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1978, Louise Brown, the first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization, was heralded around the world as the first “test tube” baby. But for decades, doctors had been quietly practicing artificial insemination, the first successful assisted reproductive technology. As the baby boom swelled the numbers of would-be parents seeking fertility treatment, the challenges posed by the use of donor gametes spilled into courtrooms and popular culture. Worries about this new form of family formation shaped medical practice and ultimately, the law.