Allowing egg freezing bad for birth rate

I agree with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on why the ministry does not allow women here to freeze their eggs ("Reconsider policy on egg freezing" by Ms Stacey Choe Siao Yun, last Sunday; and "More single women freezing their eggs overseas", Sept 18).

The ministry's stand continues to demonstrate the Government's pro-family policy.

Any support for the freezing of eggs for single women would only send a wrong signal, further encouraging women to delay marriage, which is detrimental to Singapore's birth rate.

The Government has to balance individual desires with the issues on a national scale. The reality is that Singapore needs more children, and it has to meet this need in the most economical way.

Any support for the freezing of eggs for single women would only send a wrong signal, further encouraging women to delay marriage, which is detrimental to Singapore's birth rate.

Han Yongyuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 02, 2016, with the headline 'Allowing egg freezing bad for birth rate'. Print Edition | Subscribe