Should We Form a Family with the State? Trust, Reproduction, and Gender

The combination of pronatalism and populism has created new forms of family care benefits. It also contributed to the commodification of maternity. In Hungary childcare benefits target predominantly large families, or parents who intend to have three or more children. More recently even infertility treatments were nationalized. These policies appear benevolent, but a closer look at their underlying rhetoric reveals a less rosy reality. Assisted reproduction has always raised difficult ethical and legal questions. It deeply affects personal relationships and family bonds. But it also brings up the political issue of who controls women's bodily integrity. Although the state may offer useful financial aid, but it should not intrude in the life of women and their families by putting social pressure on them through economic means. After all, people form a family or want children with their loved ones – and not with the state.