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Embryos: Potential Children and New Players on the Political Stage

Type of publication: Research Article

About author(s)

M. Radkowska-Walkowicz | m.radkowska-walkowicz@uw.edu.pl


ivf, poland, embryo, catholic church, civil society, liminality, bioethics


For a number of years Poland has been witnessing a heated debate over IVF and its legal, moral, and medical aspects. Embryos especially those in a frozen state have been featured among the principal figures in this debate. Polish politicians were keen to notice and seize the hidden potential of embryos as citizens deprived of votes which could be used for political purposes. Embryos have also been in the center of attention of those who resorted to IVF themselves. Their struggle against infertility is affected by thinking about the quality and quantity of embryos, their cryopreservation, transfer, lining, and acclimation.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants: grant No DEC-2011/01/B/HS3/03126


Radkowska-Walkowicz, M. 2013. Embryos: Potential Children and New Players on the Political Stage. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 56-68

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