China Bans Egg Freezing in Single Women to Preserve Fertility


China’s ban on single women having their eggs frozen has been a hot topic of discussion online ever since a famous Chinese actress, Xu Jinglei, conceded that she traveled to the United States for the procedure.

The 41-year-old, who is considered one of China’s “Big Four” actresses, said she had taken the decision because she may want children in the future

As the law stands now, apart from single women, married women can only freeze their eggs under certain events such as when they may have to undergo chemotherapy.

Experts have long warned that postponing pregnancy can cause a host of problems and are stressing that potential mothers need to think carefully before choosing such procedures.

The Reproductive Center Southern California is now in talks with Juhuasuan about taking Chinese women to the US for the procedure, following the Chinese website’s recent lucrative sperm-donation program that linked more than 22,000 donors with sperm banks through online booking just last month.

The Voice of Women’s Rights, a feminist group, has issued a statement on Weibo, saying: “There are many social implications behind the pressure for women to bear children, and they can not merely be solved through technical procedures.”

Then on Sunday, the state broadcaster CCTV ran a report on the subject, which highlighted some of the risks that correlate with the procedure and said the ban was “in accordance with family planning policies”.

A spokesperson went on to clarify that egg freezing does not involve the process of IVF and, therefore, it cannot be seen as a form of assisted reproductive technology. They plan to have babies later in life.

Stay in touch with this blog as we’ll update on this story in a few months.

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