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Procreating without another Volume 25, issue 4, Octobre-Novembre-Décembre 2023

Authors
1 Psychanalyste, professeur honoraire (émérite) de pédopsychiatrie à l’université de Genève et à l’université de Lausanne, ancien membre du CCNE (2013-2021)
2 Psychanalyste en biologie et médecine de la reproduction, hôpital Cochin-Port Royal, Paris
* Tirés à part : F. Ansermet

Since the entry into force of the new French bioethics law, procreation by single women has taken on a much greater importance than anticipated in the requests for medically assisted procreation. Being able to put sexuality aside in procreation is becoming a possibility that some women are seizing as part of an explicit project to procreate on their own, a phenomenon that is evident in the evolution of requests for gametes. If on a subjective level the world of procreation and sexuality are disconnected, are they also in the process of becoming so in the reality of conceiving a child? Procreation among single women, some still very young, some claiming to be asexual, others being biologically virgins and sometimes wishing to remain so, raises questions about a clinical change underway in maternity and its subjective origins.