Egg freezing

The ticking biological clock, prosecco and cheese evenings, the culture war over maternal age, and living with wisdom and contentment

Increasing numbers of women are choosing to freeze their eggs in the hope that years down the line they can use these younger, healthier eggs to have children once their relationship, personal, financial or work circumstances are right. And fertility clinics and employers are increasingly pushing women to consider this option as a ‘normal’ part of life, while a culture war backlash from the political and social right is also well underway. But how on earth should we as Christians think about the practice of so-called social egg freezing, which has shot up eightfold in the last decade alone? Is it prudent and necessary to ensure women can play a full part in the workplace? Or a denial of our created reality, and a dangerous use of technology to selfishly pursue our own desires? Can we retain the huge benefits of the feminist revolution of the last century while also ordering our lives and fertility how God intended, without invasive technological ‘fixes’?

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