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Priest's Parenthood

December 25, 1987

The fallacious reasoning of the Rev. Lesley Northrup, the unmarried Episcopal priest, who--with her bishop's blessing--successfully inseminated herself with the semen of three donors chosen by her (two of whom were also priests) is obvious ("A Female Priest's Unusual Route to Parenthood" by Marjorie Hyer, the Washington Post, Dec. 15).

One of these men is the father of the child--just as surely as if he deposited his semen within her through sexual intercourse.

The unconscionable view that they apparently don't give a damn--nor does she--about the significance and obligations of their fatherhood is hardly a precept of any church worthy of the name.

JEREMIAH J. FLANIGAN

Long Beach

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