April 26th, 2013

Roundtable: Singaporean Views on Elective Egg Freezing

cryopreservationFreezing oocytes, or cyropreservation, is a process which has been used in various parts of the world to preserve a woman’s fertility. The process involves In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and the cooling of eggs to sub-zero temperatures (vitrification). In Singapore, only married women under the age of 45 can undergo IVF treatment. Single women in Singapore are not allowed to undergo IVF treatment unless medically necessitated in order to preserve fertility (e.g. in cases of cancer).

At this roundtable, Bioethics Legal Group for Reproductive Issues in Singapore (BELRIS) will discuss its findings from two surveys conducted from 2012 to 2013. The findings were published in the ‘Report – Survey Conducted to Evaluate the Position on Elective Oocyte Freezing in Singapore’. It will reveal the positions of Singaporeans, and particularly, Singaporean women’s views on elective oocyte freezing in Singapore. The Report is suggestive of a positive attitude towards elective egg freezing and provides a snapshot of current Singaporean attitudes in the context of recent media coverage on the issue of reproduction in Singapore.


Date: Thursday, 16th May 2013

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: AWARE Centre, Block 5 Dover Crescent #01-22 S’pore (130005)

About the speaker:

Hapreet K. Bedi, is Executive Director of BELRIS, an independent, non-profit organization that aims to provide measured, well-balanced research, dialogue and opinion on various reproductive technologies and treatments in Singapore. She is a Singaporean with a Masters in Medical Law (with Merit) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, U.S.A. She also has achieved her Bachelor of Arts, with Majors in Economics and International Relations, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Sweet Briar College, Virginia, U.S.A.

To register for this event, please click here.

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