The right to choose(?). The statuses of the in vitro embryo and the dead fetus in France

Varia
By Anne-Sophie Giraud

English

Since the 1990s, the statuses of the in vitro embryo and the dead fetus have shared certain attributes of liminality, but have been reconfigured in a new manner. They have been organized around situations of instituted choices granted to the different actors, parents, and professionals involved. But the coexistence of these opposing statuses that liminality makes possible (between “quasi child” and “anatomical element” for the dead fetus; between “potential child” and “residue of a biotechnical process” for the in vitro embryo) can be a source of uncertainty, anxiety, and tension.

Keywords

  • Liminality
  • Embryo
  • Foetus
  • France
  • In vitro fertilization
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