From the archive 11 January 1958: Artificial insemination not adultery

By: Juliet
On: Saturday, 11 January, 2014

A woman in a divorce action lodged a defence the judge described as ‘unique in the annals of our law’

Lord Wheatley, at the Court of Session, Edinburgh, yesterday held that a woman who gave birth to a child to a man who was not her husband, as a result of artificial insemination without her husband’s consent, had not committed adultery. Lord Wheatley was dealing with the action in which Ronald George MacLennan, formerly of Oakley Terrace, Glasgow, sued Mrs Margaret Euphemia Shortland, or MacLennan, of Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, for divorce. He described the action as “unique in the …read more

Source: Life and style: Divorce | theguardian.com