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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (17 February 2020)


Support the Progress Educational Trust's #ExtendTheLimit campaign, to extend the 10-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical reasons, by responding online to the UK Government's public consultation on the issue The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is pleased to report that its #ExtendTheLimit campaign, to extend the 10-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical reasons, has been responded to by the UK Government.

Thanks to PET's campaign, there is now a Government consultation on extending the 10-year limit for eggs (as well as for sperm and embryos).

The Government's outgoing Minister of State for Care - Caroline Dinenage - has written about the issue, saying:

'If a woman wants to preserve her eggs, the optimal time to do so is in her twenties or early thirties. If she chooses to do this at the age of 28, she has to be ready to use them before she is 38.

Read Caroline Dinenage, the UK Government's outgoing Minister of State for Care, discussing the public consultation on extending the 10-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical reasons 'The current 10-year deadline can therefore leave her facing a gut-wrenching choice – become a parent before she is ready, use donor sperm to create embryos, or make the drastic and heartbreaking decision to destroy her eggs and possibly lose perhaps her only chance to have her own biological child.

'No woman should ever be denied the choice to become a mother, especially when our advancements in technology mean eggs and sperm can now be stored for longer.'

'Clearly there is a need to reconsider this limit, and that’s why the Government has today announced our plans to consult on reviewing the existing storage limit, ensuring people’s views are fully heard.'


Please support the Progress Educational Trust's #ExtendTheLimit campaign, calling on the UK Government to extend the 10-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical reasons Please support the #ExtendTheLimit campaign in the following ways.


PET Director Sarah Norcross has been quoted in the Daily Mail, welcoming the Government's consultation.

Meanwhile, a woman who faces having her stored eggs destroyed under the current law has written an article for iNews supporting the #ExtendTheLimit campaign, and urging people to respond to the consultation.

The launch of the consultation follows months of campaigning by PET, which began with a petition on the UK Parliament's petitions website. This attracted more than 1,000 signatures within the space of a week, but then had to be closed due to the UK's 2019 General Election.

PET's work on this issue has also been discussed in the House of Lords, and has received media coverage including:

PET's Head of Communications Dr Catherine Hill also discusses the campaign, and quotes Sarah, in this article published as part of the 'Your Fertility Journey' initiative launched recently by Mediaplanet.


In other policy-related news, PET's work on genome editing - in particular, PET's 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project and follow-up work - has been cited by the UK Government and others during a debate in the House of Lords.