“The bioethics law, or the optional father”

TRIBUNE – The child psychiatrist Christian Flavigny analyzes the anthropological break represented by the three main measures of the bioethics bill, being read again in the Assembly: the authorization of the assisted reproduction for couples of women and single women, the self-preservation of gametes without medical reason and the authorization of the creation of human-animal chimeras.

Member of the Family working group of the Thomas More Institute (think-tank), the author publishes Helping “ transgender ” children – against the Americanization of childcare, preface by Doctor Michel Basquin (Éditions Pierre Téqui, 2021, 96 p., € 8.50).

Where is French society with regard to the bioethics bill, as the final vote on the text approaches after two years of public debate? What can be considered as the three main points of the new law (opening of assisted reproduction to couples of women and to single women, self-preservation of gametes and authorization of the creation of human-animal chimeras) have in common to shake up symbolic landmarks that constitute us as human beings living in society.

It is therefore decided: the father has become an optional character for the child. The validation by law that a child can be born without ever having had a father makes the deprivation that he undergoes unthinkable, since it is decreed by collective speech.

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