Dutch women can have their eggs frozen

6th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

From Wednesday, Dutch women can legally have their eggs frozen.

Current affairs programme Nieuwsuur News Hour reported on Tuesday that the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects, which oversees medical research involving human subjects in the Netherlands, had dropped its objections to freezing egg cells.

This means there are no longer any legal obstacles blocking the controversial procedure. A number of political parties have in the past either questioned the procedure or imposed conditions on its introduction.

In a letter to parliament, Health Minister Edith Schippers wrote that there is a sound basis for the freezing egg cells in the Netherlands, but it remains to be seen whether parliament agrees. .

As long as parliament does not ban the procedure, women up till the age of 45 can have their egg cells frozen in one of the Netherlands’13 hospitals which are equipped to perform IVF treatments. So far, women had to travel abroad if they wanted their eggs frozen.

Egg cells are frozen for medical reasons, for instance in case of cancer, but also when a woman wants to have children at some point in the future, but has been unable to find a suitable partner.


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