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Access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Case of France and Belgium

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Volume 43

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies

The Case of France and Belgium

Edited by Jennifer Merchant
Foreword by Irène Théry

242 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-431-5 $149.00/£110.00 / Hb / Published (November 2019)

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“As this volume shows, social scientists continue to address the stiffness of some social norms and cultural symbols through teaching, publications, and public engagement. This book is certainly one more tool to soften, cross, transform, overlap, and queer mental barriers.” • Medical Anthropology Quarterly

“This book provides detailed and broad insight into ART practices in France and Belgium and will make an invaluable contribution to the existing knowledge about ethical and social issues around ART. The interdisciplinary approach and perspectives from different disciplinary backgrounds make this book a rich collection of high-quality contributions.” • Ruth Horn, University of Oxford


Despite France and Belgium sharing and interacting constantly with similar culinary tastes, music and pop culture, access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies are strikingly different. Discrimination written into French law acutely contrasts with non-discriminatory access to ART in Belgium. The contributors of this volume are social scientists from France, Belgium, England and the United States, representing different disciplines: law, political science, philosophy, sociology and anthropology. Each author has attempted, through the prism of their specialties, to demonstrate and analyse how and why this striking difference in access to ART exists.

Jennifer Merchant is a Professor of Anglo-American legal and political institutions at the Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She is a leading researcher in bioethical issues of comparative public policy with expertise in North American and European policy, and the politics and regulation of medical technologies involving human reproduction.

Subject: Medical Anthropology Sociology
Area: France Europe


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