Reproductive Medicine

The Swiss Federal Act on Medically Assisted Reproduction (FMedG), which is restrictive by European standards, has been subject to criticism. According to various parliamentarians and legal scholars, the current regulation of access to methods of reproductive medicine, is scientifically outdated, discriminatory and based on values that are no longer held by the society. For this reason, an interdisciplinary workshop at the ZLSR organized by Prof. Dr. Bijan Fateh-Moghadam und Dr. iur. et dipl. biol. Matthias Till Bürgin will critically analyze the current version of the FMedG and examine its need for revision.

In the context of access to reproductive medicine, the associated research project not only touches on considerations of legal philosophy, but also on Swiss constitutional law in particular. Taking decisions on fundamental values will have long-lasting effects on social life. For example, the legitimacy of the access restrictions of the FMedG, especially with regard to the restriction to heterosexual couples and life form neutrality must be questioned. How can these - if at all - be justified? Furthermore, the subjective conditions of access to reproductive medicine, such as age, personal circumstances or medical indications, provide grounds for in-depth consideration. On a general level, the foundations of the reproductive autonomy of the individual must be discussed. This can be illustrated specifically, for example, by the prohibition of egg cell donation or surrogate motherhood. So-called "reproductive mobility" which is now driving an entire branch of industry should also be considered.

Interdisciplinary workshop on 27 and 28 January 2022 in cooperation with the UZH UFSP H2H

Publications interdisciplinary workshop