Are you a driven professional woman who wants to silent that ticking body clock so you can focus on your career? Apple and Facebook have your back: they’re providing up to $20,000 in coverage for egg freezing so women have a greater chance of conceiving late in life.
Apple will begin paying for employees to freeze their eggs in January. Apple and Facebook will pay female employees up to $20,000 to help cover the cost of freezing their eggs.
The goal is to enable women who want to continue focusing on their careers without sacrificing their chance to have children later on.
NBC News reports that Facebook recently began its program and that Apple will start paying employees who want to freeze their eggs in January.
Known as oocyte cryopreservation, egg freezing is a process by which a woman extracts and stores her eggs so that they can be reinserted into her uterus at a later date, allowing her to have children at a time when she might otherwise be infertile.
Scientific advancements have made the process increasingly successful in recent years, with a 2006 study finding that fertility rates using frozen eggs were comparable to those achieved using fresh ones.
Most women go through menopause in their late 40s or early 50s, and according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, one-third of couples where the woman is 35 or older have fertility problems.
The period during which women approach declining fertility is seen as prime work years for women hoping to advance in their careers, and many professional women consider the process a means of hitting pause on their desire to have a family.
According to a Businessweek cover story on the topic, a 2013 NYU study found that out of 183 women who froze their eggs, 19% said they might have had children earlier if their employer was more flexible.
Given Silicon Valley’s noted lack of women in power positions, offering employees money for this costly procedure — it’s $10,000 for every round of frozen eggs and an additional $500 annually for storage — could help lure top female talent.
The highlighted paragraph shows the mindset at work, and we have almost no chance to changing it. People refuse to listen to the rhythms of life and fertility and want science to “hit the pause button.” That’s not the way it works. We’ve been hitting the “pause button” on fertility since the mainstreaming of contraception midway through the previous century, and it’s managed to shred the social fabric and create a sexual culture that is insane and spiraling deeper into insanity.
These aren’t women freezing eggs because cancer treatments might leave them infertile. They’re going to spend those “productive” years contracepting the living heck out of their fully functional reproductive systems for lots of consequence-free sex. And then they’re going to want their bodies to jump to attention and start delivering babies at a more “convenient” time.
Dignitas Personae outlines the church’s position on freezing eggs:
The freezing of oocytes
20. In order avoid the serious ethical problems posed by the freezing of embryos, the freezing of oocytes has also been advanced in the area of techniques of in vitro fertilization. Once a sufficient number of oocytes has been obtained for a series of attempts at artificial procreation, only those which are to be transferred into the mother’s body are fertilized while the others are frozen for future fertilization and transfer should the initial attempts not succeed.
In this regard it needs to be stated that cryopreservation of oocytes for the purpose of being used in artificial procreation is to be considered morally unacceptable.
A footnote adds:
Cryopreservation of oocytes is also indicated in other medical contexts which are not under consideration here. The term oocyte refers to the female germ cell (gametocyte) not penetrated by the spermatozoa.
The primary concern, therefore, is with in vitro fertilization, which is expressly forbidden.