Can we truly be dead before being born? Advances in prenatal medicine and the resulting change in the statute of the fetus, confront us with this type of paradoxical questions. From the moment an ultrasound image of an unborn child is obtained, the child acquires a concrete existence. Should it disappear, mourning the loss of a being that is already close, that was alive in the womb, becomes a traumatic experience. This complex subject is addressed by resorting to Antigone, Sophocles, analyzing the importance of place that naming and burial have, when confronted with the notions of life and death that have given rise to the developments in predictive medicine.
[marron]Keywords:[/marron] Predictive Medicine, Assisted reproductive technologies, Antigone