Narratives of hope: the temporal dimension in the ontological manipulation of the human embryo

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Abstract

The in vitro human embryo is a liminal being towards which the beneficiaries of assisted reproductive technology (ART) can ascribe different moral statuses. Moreover, this ontological manipulation can be combined with a temporal dimension. Namely, a set of narratives of hope can be identified, in terms of how patients project the future considering the accomplishment of the parental project. In turn, these narratives of hope will have repercussions at the ontological level, i.e., on the meaning-making processes around the human embryos created during ART treatments. A Portuguese research project provides empirical data (from semi-directive interviews) to map these plural conceptualizations of human embryos.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Sciences Forum
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 6th International Congress of CiiEM—Immediate and Future Challenges to Foster One Health - Almada, Portugal
Duration: 5 Jul 20237 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Human embryo
  • Moral status
  • Meaning-making processes
  • Ontological manipulation
  • Narratives of hope

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