Women have won a number of rights over the last 100 years, like the ability to vote, pursue an education, build a career, or choose a partner. However, just because a few things have changed in the modern era today, does not mean the world is now fair. Similarly, rules and regulations about health care practices in every country are not all equal.
When exploring fertility laws, old regulations and outdated processes are still in practice. Rules about who could freeze their eggs and how long the eggs can be cryopreserved for. One of these such laws is in the United Kingdom, which has imposed a 10-year limit on women’s eggs. There is even a campaign for the UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on frozen eggs.
Another discriminating regulation is in China, where women who are unmarried or single, it is illegal and forbidden for them to freeze their eggs. The lack of women’s reproductive rights in China has cause a rise in medical tourism to the United States, including famous China celebrity actress Xu Jinglei. Not all countries treat fertility preservation for medical or social reasons the same.
Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Higgins Clark joins the conversation talking about freezing her eggs and her experience. She explores expectations, her family’s dynamics, input, and key contributing factors that lead her to that choice to freeze. Elizabeth helps educate young people about their reproductive choices, is an activist for equal rights, overall feminist with a big heart using her notable celebrity status to break down stereotypical mindsets.
The inequality does not just end with unfair egg freezing laws. The LGBTQ community has faced similar fertility discrimination in multiple countries. Dealing with issues like citizenship of their children, third-party reproduction laws, unfair surrogacy regulations, or banning fertility treatments unless identifing as a heterosexual individual or couple is just the tip of the iceberg.
Soon-to-be parents, Kate and Karyne Levy of the Gayest Show on Birth podcast provide their valuable feedback on such regulations as they build their family. Hear what they think about topics like the lesbian couple in Italy that could not legally register their baby or the gay couple’s twins that pushed the legal limits of defining citizenship parenthood.