Whose desire are we talking about here? The adult’s desire to have a child? The desire experienced by the unborn or born child? Do the normative model of parenthood and the patriarchal order of our Western societies play a role in the way we perceive natural or medically-assisted human reproduction? At what point can a being be considered autonomous? What place should be given to the dignity of the unborn child?

Keywords: medically assisted reproduction, Swiss law, best interests of the child, prenatal life, stigmatisation of unmarried couples, normative model of parenthood, principle of dignity and autonomy, objective biological life, subjective biographical life, life as Creation, predictability, birth rate, traditional patriarchal order, Creatures of God.

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