Identifying the the psychological consequences of abortion is complicated for our society, because talking about them leads the audience to think that the proposed approach calls into question the decriminalisation of abortion, an unwelcome debate in the Belgian and French democracies.
The INED says that 40% of French women have an abortion during their life. Despite the fact that many women are affected by this act, very few of them admit to this painful experience or are able to talk about it openly: it is difficult to touch upon this suffering, the guilt, the absence of the child and the need to mourn the aborted child.
Suffering was nonetheless the main argument put forward by the French Minister of Health and Sports in 2010: "Measuring the psychological impact of abortion via a survey conducted with women who have taken this step has encountered obstacles that are difficult to overcome. It is in fact essential to avoid a method of surveying the women concerned that could j...
A chorus of praise accompanied the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Professor Edwards, inventor of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). However, there remain numerous objections.
Already, by dissociating sexual intercourse and procreation, human artificial insemination had opened the way for, with the gift of sperm, the deliberate dissociation between biological paternity and "social pa-ternity". New family secrets were encouraged.
With IVF, embryos are no longer conceived under the protection of a mother's body, but rather in a laboratory. Eggs from a "donor" can be used and even embryos conceived by one couple can be transferred to another couple.
IVF and the possibility of freezing gametes and embryos have amplified the upset initiated by the inse-mination and have confirmed or caused new transgressions. In total 10 objections can be outlined.